Microsoft today launched a $399 Surface Go to take on the 6th generation iPad and Chromebooks. The tablet features a 10-inch display and weighs in at just 1.2 pounds (0.54KG).
The 10-inch PixelSense display features a 3:2 aspect ratio and an 1800 x 1200 resolution. The device is primarily meant to be used in landscape orientation which is why it comes with thin bezels on the left and right edges while both its sides in landscape orientation come with bigger bezels to make it easier to hold. This approach is similar to what Apple follows with its iPad Pro lineup.
As for specs, the Surface Go is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor — a fanless dual-core processor running at 1.6GHz with a 4.5W TDP. It comes with 4GB RAM (configurable up to 8GB), 64GB of eMMC storage, and offers 9 hours of battery life. Other specs f the tablet include a headphone jack, microSDXC card slot, Surface Connector, and a USB-C 3.1 port. The USB-C port can be used for charging the tablet as well as connecting other USB-C devices. This is in addition to the Surface Connector which can also be used for charging purposes and connecting the Surface desktop dock.
There’s also a front camera that is used for Windows Hello thereby allowing you to seamlessly log into the tablet without entering any password. There’s also a built-in kickstand that can extend to 165 degrees.
The base $399 model is pretty limited in terms of storage and RAM. One can, however, upgrade to a 128 or 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM by paying extra. By paying $549, customers can get the 8GB RAM/128GB SSD variant of the tablet. Right now, Microsoft is only offering the Surface Go with Wi-Fi connectivity, with LTE models scheduled to go on sale later this year.
The tablet runs on Windows 10 Home (S) which means it is only capable of installing and running apps from the Windows store. In case you wish to though, you can upgrade to the regular version of Windows for free.
To make the Surface Go a full laptop-replacement, one will also need to invest in a Type Cover. The standard black Type Cover is priced at $99, while the top-of-the-line Signature Cover with 1mm of actual key travel is priced at $129. There’s also a Surface Pen for $99 that artists and students can purchase for doodling and note-taking purposes. Lastly, Microsoft is also selling a Surface Mobile Mouse for $35. All accessories sold by the company are available in a bunch of colors.
The Surface Go will go up for pre-order from July 10 in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and other important markets. It will hit the shelves on August 2 though.
What do you think about the Surface Go tablet? Does it look more tempting than an iPad? While the device does seem interesting, it remains to be seen if the dual-core processor will be good enough for heavy duty tasks.