Microsoft Teases New Surface Device

Microsoft Teases New Surface Device

The Surface Go is a smaller (10-inch display), lighter (1.15 pounds) and cheaper ($399 to start) version of Microsoft's tablet computer, down to the kickstand on the rear and a magnesium design that reveals a strong family resemblance to its older Surface Pro 3 sibling, which has since been discontinued.

American technology giant Microsoft just unveiled a brand new Surface Go.

If you're a fan on Microsoft's Surface lineup of devices, but thought they were a tad too expensive for your needs, Microsoft has launched the Surface Go, its smallest and most affordable Surface device yet. It runs on a Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor and boasts 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board flash storage.

Finding Microsoft's Surface devices too expensive (they are, in fact), Satya Nadella and Co have just decided to make their signature machine one for all.

Rumours around a new Microsoft Surface device, specifically a budget Surface tablet, have been floating around for a few months. This means that the Surface Go has basically all the features of the premium Surface Book, all with a fraction of the Surface Book's price.

A confirmed list of specs and configurations for the Microsoft Surface Go hasn't yet emerged but, thanks to the announcement blog post, we do know some general top-line specs. Then there is the USB-C 3.1 port as well that can also be used to charge the tablet or for transferring data. Apple's iPad poses another formidable challenge - Surface Go is closer in price to the entry-level ($329) iPad than the more robust iPad Pro. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device.

The display supports input through Surface Pen with up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Three optional accessories are available for the Surface Go, yet are all sold separately: the Signature Type Cover (from $99), Surface Pen (another $99) and Surface Mobile Mouse ($35).

Surface Go supports the Windows Hello feature that lets you use the front-facing camera of the tablet to sign in with your mug. For an extra couple of hundred dollars, you get a quad-core Core i5 CPU, and if your budget allows it, there are options for a Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a TB of storage space.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August.

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