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Microsoft announces entry-level Surface Go

11 July, 2018, 04:40 | Author: Tara Roberts
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Overnight, Microsoft announced its newest Surface device, the Surface Go.

The Surface Go sports a 10-inch, 3:2 PixelSense display, weighs only 522 grams (1.15 lbs), and measures in at a lithe 8.3 mm thin, while it will retail in the United Kingdom for a very competitive £380. For one, it's more versatile than the latest generation of iPads, especially with the track pad in the optional keyboard.

To the Surface Go. And although details have been slim, the reports had suggested that the company's pricing would start at around $399.

The tablet weighs 1.15 lbs, slightly heavier than the Apple iPad and about half a pound lighter than the Surface Pro. Yes, the Surface Go pretty much takes away some of the dilemma schools and users have over the portability of mobile devices and the variety of Windows software.

The Surface Go has a 3:2 screen with 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution and is in Microsoft's words the thinnest Surface ever. There's also a built-in kickstand that can extend to 165 degrees.

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There is also a 5MP selfie camera in front alongside a Windows Hello face sign-in camera so you can log in with facial recognition.

Microsoft opened a flagship store in Taipei on July 6, showcasing its Surface range and as part of Microsoft's strategy to target Taiwanese consumers, reported CNA. Note that the system runs Windows 10 in S Mode out of the box, which promises speedier performance and better security. Today, Microsoft's Windows 10 laptops start at $189 for education users. The new 10-inch tablet is available now for pre-order in the US and several other countries and is priced competitively to the iPad Mini, with a $399 price tag for the 64-GB storage option, and $549 for a 128-GB version.

You can choose 4 or 8GB lpddr3 RAM and SSD capacities of 64, 128 and 256GB.

When will the Surface Go be on sale?

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. A 4G model will also release down the line. The existing Surface Pen works with this device and you can opt for the Type Cover at $99 or a Signature Type Cover at $129.99. So if you want to use the Surface as a laptop - and most people will - you're looking at spending at least $499. Tops out at $829 (excluding accessories). However, the screen isn't great, and you get only 2GB of RAM. Some of the features, borrowed from the more expensive Surfaces are unique though, and perhaps are the strongest way to convince students around the world that they don't need the cheapest or most common offerings from Google or Apple, but the simultaneously specialised and versatile Surface Go.

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