The Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Next Big Thing

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Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

Microsoft once had a similar entry level 10-inch tablet, the Surface 3, but the new one is more powerful and cheaper (the Surface 3 launched at $499). Other specs f the tablet include a headphone jack, microSDXC card slot, Surface Connector, and a USB-C 3.1 port.

I got to play with one, briefly, a few weeks ago, and my first impression is that Microsoft has done a good job shrinking its Surface Pro form factor into something more portable, but still incredibly usable and comfortable to type on.

As we previously reported, the base $400 system will likely be equipped with the Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This is a 10-inch tablet with optional keyboard cover and stylus and it costs from $399.

Surface Go with Wi-Fi will be available for pre-order tomorrow, July 10 in select countries*, with products beginning to hit shelves on August 2. With the Surface Connect port, you can power two external 2K monitors at once, so this slate can pull double duty as a full desktop PC.

You can choose 4 or 8GB lpddr3 RAM and SSD capacities of 64, 128 and 256GB. It has also rounded the corners a bit compared to the latest Surface Pro, but overall, it's the same familiar magnesium design Surface users have come to expect.

An official document leaked by a Reddit user indicates that the device might possibly be launched this week, along with a new Type Cover.

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Microsoft Surface Go is targeted at students and educators, just like the company's Surface 3. You could also step up to the more premium Alcantara version for $129 - that's the same cloth-like material used on the Surface Laptop and the Surface Pro's keyboards. At just 1.15 pounds and 8.3 mm thin, Surface Go is the company's smallest and lightest computer yet.

The statement "Where will Surface go next", even seems meaningful.

Finally, Microsoft says that a model with LTE cellular connectivity is in the works, but won't be ready until later this year.

Surface Go is running Windows 10 Home in S mode (which you can turn off for free), though schools will be able to purchase the Surface Go with Windows 10 Pro via commercial channels for an extra $50. Lastly, Microsoft is also selling a Surface Mobile Mouse for $35.

"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface", Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog announcing the device.

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