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Microsoft Teases New Surface Device

Microsoft Teases New Surface Device

I got to play with one, briefly, a few weeks ago, and my first impression is that Microsoft has done a good job shrinking its Surface Pro form factor into something more portable, but still incredibly usable and comfortable to type on.

The Surface Go has a 3:2 screen with 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution and is in Microsoft's words the thinnest Surface ever.

Under the hood, the Surface is powered by a 7th-Generation Intel Pentium Gold processor. There's a choice of 4GB or 6GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory and either 64GB of eMMC storage or a 128GB SSD.

Microsoft will ship the Surface Go with Windows 10 S mode for consumers, but you can switch to Windows 10 without an issue, and Windows 10 Pro for commercial users.

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To the Surface Go. The battery should last for about nine hours according to Microsoft, which is more than decent for a tablet. And while it and its fans may be celebrating the ultra-light Surface Go tonight, those fans really are looking for more to come. As a low-priced tablet, the Surface Go is retailing for just $399 (starting price). Here is the list of countries where the Surface Go will be available on pre-orders Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K and U.S. The device will be also coming to other markets in the near future. The Surface Pen can be used with the Go (for another $99), and Microsoft also unveiled a new ambidextrous mouse that rings in at a lower $35.

Finally, the Surface Book when paired with its Type cover gives a more hands-on approach for working when compared to a standalone iPad. It's a direct question to Apple at this point, who have struggled to make compelling cases for tossing aside your laptop in favour of an iPad with a keyboard.

On the I/O front, it got USB Type-C 3.1, Surface Connect, MicroSD card slot, and 3.5mm audio jack. That's less than a similarly configured Surface Go, but the iPad comes with just 32GB of storage for the entry-level model. And while the Surface has its diehard fans, myself included, it's still a relatively niche product for Windows power users. An LTE cellular data version will be released later this year, the company said. Now its time for Microsoft to bring a Windows 10 alternative to the $399 Apple iPad. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off. We've played Minecraft on the Surface Go with not a dip in frame rate. We've poured over every detail Microsoft has given us about its new affordable hybrid tablet and distilled it down into its core parts for you below.


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