Microsoft has just turned the heat up on the mid-range tablet market with the announcement of their new Surface Go, a successor to the Surface 3 that costs just $399. When it launches on August 2, the Surface Go's base model will come with 4GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage, though this can be upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, raising the price to $549. Look, bigger bezels aren't necessarily a deal-breaker, but the thickness here makes the Surface Go look like something from 5 years ago.
The device is supposed to offer you quick access to a Windows 10 experience, whether you go for the lighter "S" version or the full Windows 10 operating system. But it's cheaper. A lot cheaper: the base model costs just $399, compared to $799 for the base Surface Pro. The part doubtless helps to keep the Surface Go's price low, but won't deliver stellar performance. Microsoft's custom Surface Connector is still there, which essentially allows users to connect to a desktop dock of the device, along with charging the hybrid computer. Microsoft claims it's around 30 percent faster than the Surface 3's quad-core Atom - this isn't a high-end machine, it's something far more portable. Attaching a keyboard adds 0.5 pounds to the Surface's weight. Other specs include a 5MP front-facing camera with Windows Hello and an 8MP rear auto-focus camera. You have to buy a Surface Go Type Cover (black) for $99 or a Signature Type Cover with Alcantara (Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, or Platinum) for $129. The Surface Go is just just 8.3mm thick and weighs 520g sans keyboard and stylus (optional extras).
Up to Pentium Gold processor. The Surface Go is a 10-inch tablet that starts at a pocket-friendly $399, but you'll need to pony up more cash for more storage and memory.
As you may recall, Bloomberg broke the news about a coming $400 Surface tablet in May. Schools purchasing in the commercial channel will have the choice between Windows 10 Home in S Mode or Windows 10 Pro.
There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad.
In terms of battery life, the Surface Go official numbers are slightly lower than those of the iPad: the Go is said to last up to 9 hours on a single charge, while the iPad can last up to 10 hours.
The Surface Go will be available for pre-order beginning on July 10 in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.