Microsoft Launches Its Cheapest "Surface Go" Tablet; Priced At $399

Microsoft opens flagship Surface store in Taipei

Microsoft opens flagship Surface store in Taipei

The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 onboard.

The Surface Go has a 10-inch 3:2 (1800 x 1200) PixelDensity multi-touch display, surrounded by thick bezels. There is no indication if this will simply be a preorder phase for the tablet or if they will actually start shipping on 7/13.

Pricing for the Surface Go starts at $400, but you'll probably also need the keyboard type cover, which starts at $99. Not only did a mysterious Surface device recently make a pass through the FCC, but now Microsoft is possibly prepping retailers for a launch that could be coming up quickly. Talking about the performance, the Surface Go is powered by Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor clocked at 1.6GHz and Intel HD 615 GPU.

Other than that, the device is also equipped with USB 3.1 Type-C port for charging, video, and data alongside Windows Hello camera, microSD card reader, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

But we may also know what Microsoft is announcing, too, thanks to a variety of recent leaks.

Based on my brief time with it, the Surface Go's Type Cover feels just as comfortable as its larger siblings.

The Surface Go that features an inbuilt kickstand looks like a smaller edition of the Surface Pro. The new tablets come in multiple configurations, including 64, 128, and 256 gigabyte storage options and 4 or 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Judging by price and size, it's clear that the new Surface Go is a direct competitor to the 9.7-inch 6th generation Apple iPad that retails for slightly less than Microsoft's tablet.

The lightweight, 1.15-pound Surface Go - about twice as big as many smartphones - is created to be portable, but Microsoft has also developed accessories to give it more of a laptop feel. Unfortunately, as with the more powerful Surface Pro tablets, a keyboard is not included, making the initial price a bit misleading. Other rumors include the loss of the proprietary Surface connector, in favor of USB-C and "rounded edges".

While the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage costs $399, the high-end variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at $549. The software giant kicked off its consumer hardware push in 2012 with the launch of the Surface RT. The Surface Go will run Windows 10 S out of the box and Microsoft will allow users to upgrade to full Windows 10 free of cost.

Surface Go will be released August 2, and an LTE version will follow later this year, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog post.

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