After months of speculations and leaks, Microsoft has finally launched the new Surface Go to take on iPads and Chromebooks. The new 10-inch tablet features Windows 10 and a similar design to the Surface Pro.
It ships with an integrated kickstand, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a less powerful Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. But what you will find the most appealing is the price: the 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet starts at $399 in the US.
Panos Panay, chief product officer for Microsoft, said in a blog post: “When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10” Surface. The answers seem obvious – lightweight, productive, and accessible to more people. I’m pumped to introduce you to Surface Go, because it’s all those things, and so much more.”
“The power and connectivity in a device this small gives you the style and productivity Surface is known for in a more convenient package. At just 1.15 pounds and 8.3 mm thin, Surface Go packs portable performance into a 10″ device,” he added.
The tablet features a custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision. The custom calibrated 3:2 display is soft on your eyes when you want to watch videos, create art, or edit photos.
Rushabh Doshi, mobility analyst at Canalys, said: “The Surface Go is an excellent proposition. ‘Built for Office 365’ is a nice way of saying – it is not your mainstream laptop (and it shouldn’t be). Definitely gunning for the value-conscious iPad Pro aspirers. And will be interesting to see if it can make a dent in education.”
The ports the tablet includes are Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.
Surface Go will be available for pre-order beginning on July 10 in the following markets, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
In the coming weeks, Surface Go will be available for pre-order in Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and in China with more markets to follow.