It’s official. After a sustained barrage of rumors these past two months, Microsoft has officially unveiled Surface Go, the newest member of the Surface family. And it’s a budget tablet alright.
This is the smallest, most affordable model in the Surface line.
And as we learned in previous reports, it packs in some fairly powerful hardware under the hood.
Power comes from the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y that offers a fanless design, though contrary to speculation, there is no Pentium Silver option, thankfully. Microsoft does say that the processor is energy efficient and should offer up to 9 hours of battery life per charge.
Which is important, as this is an education focused device, powered by the Windows 10 S variant of the operating system. Though buyers will have the option to upgrade to the full version easily.
Before we get down to further details, though, here’s a video that Redmond released:
The 10-inch screen comes with a PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and support for the Surface Pen, and the device can also be connected to Type Covers in order to give it a more of a laptop form factor. In terms of dimensions, we have a device that is just 8.3 mm thin and weighs 521 grams.
Multiple configurations are available in terms of memory and storage, ranging from 4GB and 8GB to eMMC capacity of 64GB and SSD options of 128GB and 256GB.
Owners can add another 1TB of storage via microSD card, which is readily supported on the Surface Go.
Surface Go also integrates a 5 MP front camera with Windows Hello biometric authentication. WiFi connectivity comes standard, but Microsoft is also planning a model with LTE later this year.
The device goes on sale August 2, but it available for preorder starting at $399. Only a handful of countries are in on the action right now, including US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some European markets, but Microsoft has promised to bring it to Asia in a few weeks.
Now that the Surface Go is finally here, it’ll be interesting to see how it fares on the market.
A case can be made that it may not be yet another iPad challenger, but a device that lowers the barrier to entry for the Surface line of hardware.
In any case, this new arrival has its work cut out for it.