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Microsoft's budget Surface Go goes official with 10-inch screen

13 July 2018

Microsoft has officially launched the most affordable (by Microsoft) 2-in-1 notebook aka Microsoft Surface Go in the U.S. to compete against the likes of the Apple's 6th Gen iPad with Apple Pencil support.

American technology giant Microsoft just unveiled a brand new Surface Go. While the IDC figures include Surface models with detachable keyboards (Surface Book, Surface Pro), it does not include sales of the Surface Laptop or Surface Studio all-in-one PC. The new tablet weighs 1.15 pounds, far lighter than existing Surface products.

The Surface Go notebook is priced at $399 (Rs 27,000), which makes it the most affordable computer from Microsoft.

The Microsoft Surface Go with the Signature Type Cover. Starting at $599 AUD, the new 2-in-1 Surface will feature a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage in addition to a USB-C port, headphone jack, and storage expansion slot. However, you can purchase the Surface Go with Windows 10 Pro through third-parties as well. A release date of Friday 13 July had been rumoured, although perhaps thanks to the leaks, Microsoft has now officially announced the tablet, and preorders are now live.

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The lower price tag for the Surface Go should again be an indication of it packing slightly lesser capable specifications compared to the Surface Pro. Given that the Surface Go is meant to be carried around as the name suggests, a strong battery life is a must have. Though I only got brief hands-on time with Surface Go, these are attractive and solid tablets, sold at a reasonable price, discounting the fact that many of you will want to pile on a $99 keyboard accessory. The Surface Go comes with 2 Watt stereo speakers with Dolby Audio.

With its 3:2 ratio PixelSense Display, the Surface Go supports the Surface Pen.

On the software front, the Surface Go comes pre-loaded with Windows 10, with the S Mode enabled by default. Then, when it comes to cameras, the tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus. The trackpad also supports five point multi-finger gestures, and you can also connect the new Surface Mobile Mouse if you do not want to use the trackpad.

Microsoft will also be offering a beefier (but more-expensive) variant that upgrades those specs to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Only the Wi-Fi version is going to be available right now, with the LTE model set to hit shelves later this year.

Microsoft's budget Surface Go goes official with 10-inch screen