Microsoft introduces Surface Go tablet at $399

11 July, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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The 8.3 mm thin tablet weighs 1.15 pounds - not exactly featherlight, but not heavy either.

I have three key takeaways for you after going hands on with Microsoft's new $399 Surface Go for the first time, which goes on sale Aug 2 but is available for pre-order today. Separate from its accessories, the Microsoft Surface Go is a handy little device that promises to deliver aesthetically.

Microsoft officially released the Surface Go tablet, the lower spec version of the already available and popular Surface Pro.

"The tablet is priced at $399 and it offers a 10" display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Check. Touch, Surface Pen, and Surface Dock support? The tablet also has its own version of the detachable keyboard from the Surface Pro, and the built-in kickstand that supports up to 165-degrees of angle. The tradeoff for all these features is battery life: Microsoft expects the Surface Go to get up to 9 hours of battery life, which is less than estimates for the Surface Laptop (14.5 hours), Surface Pro (13.5 hours), and Surface Book (17 hours). It goes on sale August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity.

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The Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter.

The Surface Go is Microsoft's attempt to take a larger bite of the teacher's apple. "Since my two youngest daughters have started using Surface Go, I see them watching movies, reading and drawing on it every day", he said.

The Go will run Windows 10 with S mode enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft App Store. When revealing the tablet at a press briefing earlier this month, Microsoft product marketing manager Natalia Urbanowicz pulled the Surface Go out of a crossbody clutch from Knomo - showing how easy it would be for a busy mom to carry around a full laptop without lugging around a huge bag.

The Surface Go has clearly been designed with students in mind, with the portrait mode able to render the page to the scale of school textbooks.

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On the, ah, surface, the Go looks like a good deal. The 10-inch screen is nearly a full inch smaller.

Panay further says, "Our new Surface Go Signature Type Cover is custom-made for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and exceptional key travel". Just remember that Alcantara stains easily.

Still, if you want to pay more for some power, Microsoft will accommodate you. It runs on an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage (the 64GB option is eMMC, the 128GB and 256GB options are SSDs). Each peripheral, if opted, will add $99 to the actual price of the Surface Go while you also get a mobile mouse for an additional $34.99.

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