Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Microsoft's Surface Go Tablet Sets Sights on Apple's iPad

Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei
Olivia Ford | 11 July, 2018, 07:32

The Surface Go seems to want to bring more premium capabilities and features to a lower-end market.

"Weighing in at 1.15 pounds and only 8.3 mm thick, the Surface Go sports a 10" touch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. How much does it cost? The price starts low but will likely skyrocket with the accessories. Considering the physical form of the Surface Go first, it is headlined as being the smallest and lightest Surface yet. A 128GB iPad costs $429, a bit more than the base model Surface Go.

The Surface Go's keyboard seen in the photos will be sold separately for $99 or $129 for the Signature Type Cover, which uses a scissor key mechanism and has 1mm of key travel. "It also has high precision". That keyboard will be available in platinum, burgundy and cobalt blue. The device will reportedly retail for $400, include a USB-C port, and be 20 percent lighter than the current Surface Pro models, which now start at $799.

Prices for the Surface Go start at £379.99, but no upper limit has now been stated. The iPad is now running iOS 11.4.1, but is compatible with iOS 12 when it's released this fall.

Sadly for photographers, it has a micro SD card reader, and not a full-size SD card reader.

For a hands-on with the device, check out our sister site, Laptop Mag. The Surface Go comes with a 10-inch screen, inbuilt kickstand for erecting it and the overall design has been retained from the Pro device.

The processor is an Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, which is a rather meager Kaby Lake chip.

It's powerful enough for most day-to-day computing tasks, but don't expect it to be a gaming powerhouse or a video-editing monster. Hey, at least it's fanless.

This somewhat measly CPU will come paired with 4GB or 6GB RAM, a choice of 64GB eMMC or 128G SSD storage. As a result, the Surface Go comes with Windows 10, though is locked to "S Mode" out of the box on consumer SKUs, limiting it to use with apps in the Windows Store. Commercial SKUs have the same hardware specs, though add Windows 10 Pro for an extra $50 per system. If you're on a limited budget and trying to buy both a tablet and a Windows laptop, then the device just about gets you there for a reasonable price. Prsently, the tablet is available for pre-orders in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. It will be available in the USA and Canada on August 2, and Microsoft didn't specify when it will be available in the other markets. It will initially be WiFi only, but Microsoft promises an LTE variant for the future.

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