Microsoft Surface Go is Microsofts’s Apple iPad alternative that starts at $399

By | 10th July 2018
Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft has been working on a number of different entries to the Surface line of laptops/tablets. With the Android tablet market as barren as it is now, it’s certainly the time for a manufacturer to try and jump in and gain a foothold. We knew that a new device from Microsoft was coming soon after a Surface device passed the FCC, and it’s now finally here. The Microsoft Surface Go has arrived, and it’s poised to compete with the Apple iPad and Chromebooks for the education sector.

Microsoft Surface Go

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Go Specifications

SpecificationMicrosoft Surface Go
Weight1.15 lbs
CPUIntel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y
RAM4 or 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
Storage64GB eMMC, 128GB SSD, 256GB SSD, microSDXC card slot
Display10-inch (3:2) 1800 x 1200 PixelSense Display
Battery9-hour battery life
Cameras8MP Rear

5MP Front

Windows Hello facial recognition

PortsSurface Connect, microSDXC card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 3.1 Type-C
ConnectivityWi-Fi, LTE model to be announced at a later date
Price$399 for 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC

$549 for 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD

256GB SSD with integrated LTE to be announced at a later date

AccessoriesSurface Pen ($99)

Surface Dock

Surface Connect dock

Surface Go Type Cover ($99 for black or $129 for the Alcantara/red/blue/silver)

Surface Mobile Mouse ($34.99)

Power

This is the cheapest Microsoft Surface device yet. Coming in at $399 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, this is a definite Apple iPad competitor. Note that Microsoft Surface tablets are often used for productivity, and that’s where the Intel Pentium processor comes in as it will certainly do the job for most tasks. If you feel that you don’t have enough RAM or storage, you can upgrade that to 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Microsoft says that they will release a 256GB version of the device at a later date alongside an LTE version too.

Ports and Accessories

Interestingly, the Microsoft Surface Go is the first Surface device to feature USB Type-C, meaning you can use it with some of your existing Type-C cables. In terms of ports, it also has a microSDXC card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports the Surface Connect magnetic charging dock which will allow you to output video, charge faster, and transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds. You can also insert your device into a Surface Dock which will allow you to output the display to multiple monitors at a time. This particular Surface device does not come with a keyboard, so you’ll have to purchase one separately.

Software

Those who buy the device in stores will receive the device running Windows 10 Home in S Mode. S Mode means that you can only install applications from the Windows Store. To lift that restriction, you can switch to regular Windows 10 Home for free. Those in the commercial and educational sectors will receive the device running on Windows 10 Pro. S Mode can be enabled on those if the institutions wish.

Availability

Pre-orders begin today in the following countries:

Microsoft Surface Go Pre-order Availability

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Taiwan
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand


If you’re interested in purchasing this device, it will also be available for general purchase on August 2nd.