Surface Go: Microsoft's Entry Level Tablet Arrives in August for $399

Yolanda Curtis
July 10, 2018

The new 10-inch Surface Go, which ships August 2 in the US and two dozen other markets, is the least costly among the five Surface devices that Microsoft makes.

Apple's iPad Mini 4 is slightly smaller than the new Surface, with a 7.9-inch screen, and carries a $399 price tag for 128 GB of storage. In regards to ports, it has a surface Connect which allows for USB-C, as well as a headphone jack (hurray!) and a MicroSDXC card reader.

Microsoft's new Surface Go tablet.

The Surface Go is still more expensive than the cheapest iPad, but the Go tablet is compatible with professional features, like the detachable keyboard, that are missing on the entry-level iPad.

The rest of the Surface Go looks rather similar to the company's tablets like the Surface Pro.

The tablet runs on Windows 10 Home (S) which means it is only capable of installing and running apps from the Windows store. The Surface Go will make its way to India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain later this year.

The Surface Go may start at $399, but you can easily spend hundreds more if you add crucial functionality like a keyboard, more RAM, and extra storage.

Microsoft's newest Surface device made an appearance at the FCC earlier this month, and it was surmised that it would be equipped with Intel processors (due to the appearance of a separate Qualcomm Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module).

Microsoft says that it's embracing a sort of hybrid market with the Surface Go, or as the company puts it, it's "embracing the word AND".

Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example. As expected, Surface Go supports Windows Hello for secure sign-in using facial recognition.

If you are looking for a daily driver in the corporate space, you should still be considering the Pro, while this device does have a Pentium Gold CPU, performance will still fall well below that of the Core CPU lineup from Intel. Microsoft will release the device on August 2 starting at $399, making it a rare affordable device in the Surface family. Otherwise, you get a single port for USB-C - a new universal standard that replaces the USB slot you might be familiar with. However, it's possible to convert to the full version of Windows 10 for free if the user wishes.

But just what is the Surface Go? Specs of the device popped up years later, showing a tablet less powerful than the Go announced today.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad. A Surface Pen will set you back another $99.

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