Microsoft has returned to the small screen arena again with the launch of its Surface Go tablet that is available for pre-order right now and will start shipping in early August. The device is a smaller and less powerful incarnation of the regular Surface Pro devices launched by Microsoft previously and its price begins at $399.
The Surface tablet takes after its predecessors in terms of design and look, only in a smaller form factor. The new Surface tablet features a 10-inch display with a 1800×1200 resolution screen that comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio display, weighs 521g and come with USB-C 3.1 port that can charge and output video. It will be available in 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD storage with Wi-Fi for $399 and 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD storage with Wi-Fi for $549.
The device comes with its signature built-in kickstand that can be adjusted as the user likes, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login facility, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for that is used for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. The bezels around the display is rather large for the generation it is being launched in. Though these large bezels are helpful when holding the tablet.
On the inside the Surface Go Tablet uses a Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor in a fanless design, offering up to nine hours of battery. In its blog the company says, “Our team worked closely with Intel to optimize power, performance, and battery for the most critical tasks people perform every day.” Microsoft may be resorting to Intel Pentium processors to make the device cheaper and affordable, as well as give it a longer battery life.
The Microsoft Surface Go tablet will run Windows 10 with S mode enabled, out of the box that restricts access to apps on the Microsoft Store and Microsoft Edge as the only browser. Owners will be able to switch to the full version of the Windows 10 if they want.
As for the accessories the Surface Go Type Cover (black) is priced at $99 while the Surface Go Signature Type Cover (Alcantara, red, blue, or silver) is priced at $129. Besides this the Surface Mobile Mouse is priced at $34.99 and Surface Pen at $99. The device has not been announced for India yet.