Microsoft launches Surface Go Tablet starting at $399

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Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

Featuring a 10-inch PixelSense display with a native resolution of 1800 x 1200, 3:2 aspect ratio, and support for the optional Surface Pen, the general design of Surface Go is not far off from the existing Surface Pro. For charging and docking, there's Surface Connect and USB Type-C 3.1, as well as a microSD card reader for storage expansion. Perhaps because this information leaked out to the public, Microsoft has now officially announced its new tablet as the Microsoft Surface Go and priced it at a very tempting £380. It comes with 4GB RAM (configurable up to 8GB), 64GB of eMMC storage, and offers 9 hours of battery life. The 7 generation Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y powers the portable 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid. But it's cheaper. A lot cheaper: the base model costs just $399, compared to $799 for the base Surface Pro.

Talking of visual appeal, no difference, except of course the size, has been made in the latest edition to Surface series. Microsoft also has a new smaller Surface Mobile Mouse if you want an external pointing device. If you take a look at the keyboard, Microsoft has included a trackpad large enough to hold an Olympic-sized swimming pool with full support for gestures as well. The device will reportedly retail for $400, include a USB-C port, and be 20 percent lighter than the current Surface Pro models, which now start at $799. We've seen the Surface Go render and manipulate 3D imagery in a biology studies app with nary a stutter.

"Where will Surface go next?" The Surface Go will be pitted against Apple's $329 iPad.

It runs an Intel Pentium processor.

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. The USB-C port can be used for charging the tablet as well as connecting other USB-C devices. It runs in Windows 10 S mode out of the box but can be switched to regular Windows 10 at any time.

Thanks to the Go's downsized 10in 1800x1200 screen, which Microsoft claims has been created to "render the page to the scale of most school textbooks", the Surface Go tips the scales at just 1.15 pounds and measure in at a positively-skinny 8.3mm.

What are the Surface Go specs? It is in stark contrast with its strategy for the Surface Laptop and the other ill-fated Windows 10 S edition which had "education" all over it. It'll start shipping on 2 August.

While the Surface Go does have the Surface's iconic kickstand built-in, the Surface Go Type Cover isn't included in the price, and it'll cost you an extra $99.

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