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Why did Microsoft build the Surface Go?

10 July, 2018, 13:09 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Microsoft has today announced The Surface GO which is essentially a 10-inch tablet that can be had for only $599.

The Surface Go has a 10-inch screen, about the same size as the entry-level iPad.

Ports include USB Type-C, a headphone jack and Microsoft's Surface Connect port for plugging in a docking station.

Microsoft Corp is going for the low-end of the personal computing market with a smaller, cheaper Surface Go tablet that takes on Apple Inc's cheapest iPads.

4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage for $399.

Finally, we should note that the Surface Go is not now offered with 4G LTE support and you can only get a Wi-Fi one, while iPads are offered in both styles. Otherwise, you get a single port for USB-C - a new universal standard that replaces the USB slot you might be familiar with. There is no indication if this will simply be a preorder phase for the tablet or if they will actually start shipping on 7/13. Microsoft has also stated that their intelligent charging can fully charge a Surface Go from 0-100% in 2 hours and provide up to 9 hours of video playback in a single charge. An extra $50 upgrades to Windows 10 Pro, and an extra $150 upgrades to 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. The device starts at a price of $399 (or approx Rs 27,433), but you will have to shell out more for a type cover and Surface Pen.


For typing, you'll still need to buy a type cover separately. It's been rumored that Microsoft wants to have this new Surface on shelves in time for the back-to-school rush, so a mid-summer release makes a lot of sense. There's also a Surface Pen for $99 that artists and students can purchase for doodling and note-taking purposes. Yeah, it should work well on a table or desk, but this is a portable machine - you don't always have a flat surface when on the go.

Both of these are WiFi versions of the device and Microsoft has also promised LTE versions of the Surface Go later this year.

If you're looking for speed, the Surface Go isn't for you.

The Surface Go will ship with Windows 10's "S Mode" enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft Store - a tradeoff for better battery life and generally smoother performance.

The Surface Go will be available for pre-order beginning on July 10 in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

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