Microsoft Teases New Surface For Tomorrow

Kelley Robertson
July 11, 2018

As rumoured, Microsoft has announce a new and cheaper Surface tablet.

The Go retains the Surface's 3:2 aspect ratio, while the 10-inch IPS touchscreen sports an 1800 x 1200 resolution. Power-wise, Surface Go has a dual-core, four-thread Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. The new tablets come in multiple configurations, including 64, 128, and 256 gigabyte storage options and 4 or 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps.

Taken in isolation, the Surface Go's proposition isn't exactly that strong. The iPad, in contrast, comes with an operating system and apps designed from the start to be used by touch.

Sales from Microsoft's Surface line increased 32 percent in its most recent quarter, but the series of tablets and laptops still lag behind market leader Apple's iPad and MacBook series (which has faced its own struggles). The Surface Go is aimed at the same potential buyers as Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, which starts at $329. Pre-orders are available from today, but they won't be on sale or in early adopters' hands until August, conveniently in time for the new school year. Just for fun, we've tossed in the CPU Microsoft shipped in the original, high-end Surface Pro.

Finally, we should note that the Surface Go is not now offered with 4G LTE support and you can only get a Wi-Fi one, while iPads are offered in both styles. Like other devices that come with S mode, such as the Surface Laptop, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free. The Type Covers, historically, wear poorly.

And of course, it doesn't hurt to have a lower entry point for the Surface product lineup.

When it comes to ports, the tablet comes with a Surface Connect port for charging and docking, a USB-C port for connecting USB devices, a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card reader.

That will get you the tablet alone, with a separate Surface Go Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen each costing £99/$99.

At launch, it is available in a 4GB RAM / 64GB eMMC SKU for $399, and 8GB RAM / 128GB SSD SKU for $549, with storage expansion possible via microSDXC. The base model has a pretty weedy spec for something that has to run Windows 10 (even its S version). However, it is not quite as powerful as the Surface Pro in terms of specifications and features.

The flagship store will be the platform through which new Microsoft products will be brought to Taiwan, Chang added.

Summing it all up, the Surface is a bit bigger, heavier, bulkier, but still fairly light and supporting the full Windows experience, while the iPad is a thin, elegant, light gadget flawless for media consumption, but maybe just not quite as good for productivity. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it.

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