Microsoft announces affordable Surface Go tablet

Mere hours after Microsoft teased its upcoming Surface device on Twitter, the company has unveiled its newest and cheapest entry in the range – the Surface Go.

With a thickness of just 8.3mm and weighing in at 1.15 pounds (520g), the 10-inch Surface Go is aimed at portability and could be perfectly placed to take on Apple’s own cheaper iPads, with Microsoft seemingly targeting the same student demographic that Apple’s recently been chasing.

The new Surface Go runs on an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, and comes with two different memory configurations.

The more affordable $399 / £379.99 (AU$500) model has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the more expensive model, which costs $549 (around £400, although we’d expect it to be more based on the price of the base model, or AU$740), will have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space.

Microsoft hasn’t yet provided official prices for Australia, or for the higher-specced model in the UK, but we’ll update this story as soon as we hear back from the company.

Technical information

The Surface Go’s display supports Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus, and can register 4096 different levels of pressure. The Surface Go’s 3:2 screen aspect ratio is the same as other Surface devices, and its resolution is 1800 x 1200.

Charging the device, and connecting peripherals, can be done using either Microsoft’s own Surface Connector, or via USB-C 3.1, so you can easily attach devices such as mice and external hard drives to your tablet.

The Surface Go’s battery should give you up to nine hours of use, according to Microsoft, thanks to the efficiency of the Pentium Gold processor and Windows 10 S combo.

Windows 10 S is a pared-down version of Windows 10, which only allows apps to be installed from the built-in Microsoft Store. While this can help prolong battery life in some cases, Surface Go owners will be able to upgrade to the full Windows 10 for free if they wish.


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