Today, Microsoft has announced it’s new Surface Go tablet, a smaller, portable, and affordable Surface product yet. The new Surface Go tablet features a 10-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution), the signature built-in kickstand, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. The company has also added a USB-C 3.1 port, capable of charging the tablet or outputting video and data to external devices.
The Go weighs 1.15 lbs, which is about half a pound lighter than the Surface Pro. Like the Pro, the Go has rather large bezels surrounding the screen, which seem even larger with the Go’s smaller display. Inside, Microsoft Surface Go has Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. The processor is a dual-core seventh-generation model. According to the company, this processor is chosen because of its balance between performance, battery life, and thermal properties that allow for a thin, fanless design with up to nine hours of battery life.
Out of the box, the Surface Go runs Windows 10 with S mode enabled. However, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free if they want. Microsoft will initially release Wi-Fi versions of the Go, with an LTE equipped model to come later this year.
The Surface Go has an optional keyboard cover and Surface Pen. Adding the keyboard will bump the price of the Go up $99 or $129, depending on color, while the Pen will add another $99. Rounding out the accessories is the new $34.99 Surface Mobile Mouse. It is available in silver, red, and blue color options to match the keyboard cover and pen.
Surface Go tablet is available for pre-order starting at $399 and will ship in August.