Microsoft Surface Go price, specifications, features, comparison

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"At just 1.15 pounds (0.52kg) and 8.3 millimetres thin, Surface Go packs portable performance into a 10-inch device". The Go is compatible with the Surface Pen, allowing 4096 levels of pressure, and the iPad supports the Apple Pencil.

Watch out, Apple - Microsoft has just announced its cheapest and most affordable Surface product to date, the Surface Go. Microsoft selected a 3:2 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 1800x1200. Check. Touch, Surface Pen, and Surface Dock support? You'll also get the friction kickstand found on the Surface Pro so it's definitely still firmly within the Surface family of devices. Microsoft says its hardware choices deliver a battery life of up to 9 hours. It will be available in the us and Canada on August 2, and Microsoft didn't specify when it will be available in the other markets.

The USB-C port can be used for plugging in monitors and other accessories, as well as for charging the Surface Go itself in a pinch. Currently, the Surface Go is available with only WiFi connectivity option while the LTE version is said to come later. Surface Go is definitely not part of the company's Windows on ARM efforts.

The Go will run Windows 10 with S mode enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft App Store. Some of the features, borrowed from the more expensive Surfaces are unique though, and perhaps are the strongest way to convince students around the world that they don't need the cheapest or most common offerings from Google or Apple, but the simultaneously specialised and versatile Surface Go. I distinctly remember Microsoft telling me that not having a Type C port was better for the consumer so I wonder what happened here.

If you're looking for speed, the Surface Go isn't for you.

Microsoft has revealed its long-rumoured smaller Surface device - and to The Register's mind it looks a lot like the re-invention of the netbook. This is because the company acknowledges that finding the cursor on a smaller screen is simply that much harder. The $399 version comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB GB of eMMC storage. The 256GB configuration does not yet have a price tag.

The Surface Go with the optional detachable keyboard, mouse and stylus. According to Microsoft's announcement, when in portrait mode the screen can render a page to the scale of most textbooks and in landscape mode can render pages side-by-side as if you were holding an open book. It's also selling a version with 128GB of storage and double the memory for $549. The black one will cost $99, while the Alcantara Type Covers will be $129. Well, given the starting price point, anyone on the move, really.

So far, Microsoft has struggled to make a hit Surface product.

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