Microsoft announces Surface Go: Pre-orders start from £380

Microsoft announces Surface Go: Pre-orders start from £380

Microsoft announces Surface Go: Pre-orders start from £380

It looks like Microsoft is getting ready to introduce a new Surface device. The 10-inch touchscreen display offers an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 1800 x 1200 pixels. But there are better, thinner, and lighter 2-in-1 tablets with Intel Core m3 processors at least.

The base $399 model is pretty limited in terms of storage and RAM.

The Go will run Windows 10 with S mode enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft App Store.

The Microsoft Surface Go can be used as a lightweight tablet, too.

To the Surface Go. It promises up to nine hours of battery life and also has a fanless design, custom-built PixelSense display and is compatible with the Surface Pen, with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Starting at $399 MSRP, it represents a new entry point for the Surface family, while keeping the premium qualities that have come to define it.

While questions remain around customer demand for a lower-power Windows machine from Microsoft, experts were broadly positive about the introduction of a cheaper Surface device, saying that it made Microsoft's offerings more competitive with Apple's iPad and Google's Chromebooks, which have found success in the education market.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August. The Surface Go is no longer a rumor and now a reality, and while it doesn't bring about many surprises, perhaps that's a good thing. "Microsoft now offers the Surface Go in Wi-Fi-only flavor with LTE version coming “later this year".

Specifically, it will ship with Windows 10 Home in S Mode although a commercial variant will ship with Windows 10 Pro. The black one will cost $99, while the Alcantara Type Covers will be $129.

So far, Microsoft has struggled to make a hit Surface product. An extra $50 upgrades to Windows 10 Pro, and an extra $150 upgrades to 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.

Surface Go also has the ports you need, including Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.

You can also kit out the Surface Go with lots of quite pricey accessories. An LTE model will be launching later in 2018. The detachable 2-in-1 tablet uses an optional Type Cover keyboard that costs $99. We've seen the Surface Go render and manipulate 3D imagery in a biology studies app with nary a stutter. The big news will probably drop tomorrow, most likely in the A.M. So, what's on deck for the Surface line? We've played Minecraft on the Surface Go with not a dip in frame rate.

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