Microsoft Announces the Surface Go, Starts From USD399

We recently talked about Microsoft’s new budget Surface tablet and how it will use Intel Pentium chips to save on cost. Well, the cat’s now out of the bag and the Microsoft Surface Pro has indeed been shrunken down. Meet the Microsoft Surface Go.

The Surface Go goes for a starting price of USD399. This puts it firmly in the range of competition with Apple iPads.  It weighs at about 1.15 pounds (0.5kg) and is 8.3 mm thin. Some key features include an integrated kickstand, Windows 10, and a similar design to the Surface Pro.

With a 10″ PixelSense screen, the tablet uses a 3:2 aspect ratio display with 1800 x 1200 pixel internal resolution. Go packs an Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor inside with either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of solid-state storage. The processor is a dual-core 7th-gen model. Microsoft chose this to balance performance, battery life, and thermal properties with a thin, fanless design. The company claims that its device has up to nine hours of battery life as a result.

Surface Go also has several ports, including Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.

To coincide with the release, Microsoft is releasing a custom-made type-cover specifically for the Surface Go. The Windows Precision Trackpad supports five-point multi-finger gestures and connects with the new Surface Mobile Mouse.

The Surface Go is now available for pre-order in select countries. Asia isn’t part of this mix, but Microsoft plans to make pre-orders available there (including Malaysia) within the next few weeks.

For now, the 4GB + 64GB version goes for USD399 (RM1604), while the 8GB + 128GB version lists at USD549 (RM2206). This does not include the Surface Pen and Type Cover, which are separate purchases.

You can learn more about the Surface Pro on Microsoft’s blog post.

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