Microsoft introduced the very mobile “Surface Go” this week, the device will be Microsoft‘s smallest and most affordable Surface option to date. Running a full-version of Windows, the device was designed to be a convenient options for students and workers that are looking for a laptop-like performer but want to lose the bulk.
The Surface Go comes in at just 1.15 pounds and the device is only 8.3mm thin. At just 10″ the Surface Go should be easy to store, and the device looks wonderful to work on, but we will have to get our hands on it to test it out. The price is very comparable to the Apple iPad, starting at just $399. Microsoft stated that the Surface Go has a “custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display,” and that the screen will support the Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Microsoft went on to add that the Surface Pen also offers “low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design,” making the 10″ Surface Go appeal to both students and artists. On the Microsoft Blog the company added, “In portrait mode, the screen was designed to render the page to the scale of most school textbooks, and in landscape mode, it can render pages side by side as if you were holding a paperback book in hand. At the approximate size of a composition notebook, writing on the screen feels natural and intuitive.”
Inside the Surface Go you will find a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, with a fanless design and up to nine hours of use from the battery. This is enough power to get your videos from Netflix and Hulu going and it will run all of your Office apps without any hiccups. The new Surface Go Signature Type Cover was also custom-made for the Surface Go. You’ll find a Windows Precision Trackpad that supports five-point multi-finger gestures, and you can pair it with a wireless mouse for even better control. While you are doing all of this, the device will sit up with its built-in kickstand, featuring a full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees. The device also works with Windows Hello, so your face can be your password. As for inputs, you will have 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.
The Surface Go with Wi-Fi will be available for pre-order right now on in select countries, and it should hit shelves on August 2nd. Microsoft did state that an LTE model will be available, but no release date has been mentioned at this time. You can find more pictures and pre-order details at microsoft.com/surfacego