Earlier this summer Microsoft introduced the new “Surface Go,” a small form-factor device that hopes to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop. Now the Surface Go is finally on sale and available through the Microsoft Store and Amazon. The Surface Go is Microsoft’s smallest and most affordable Surface option to date, for the lower-end $399 model, and while it ships with Windows S – a simple free update will unlock a full-version of Windows 10 if you prefer to run that operating system. The new device ships just in time for the back-to-school crowd and it’s getting some great reviews online.
The Surface Go is certainly portable, the device weighs less than an iPad Pro at just 1.15 pounds and the Surface Pro is only 8.3mm thin. The screen is a little smaller than previous Surface tablets, coming in at just 10″ the Surface Go will fit in almost any bag and is big enough to still work on. The price is very comparable to the Apple iPad, starting at just $399 for the low-end model with 4GB of RAM, but remember that doesn’t include the Type Cover or the Pen. With our testing, we would recommend getting the 8GB model starting at $549 which also comes with 128GB of SSD memory.
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.
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