Microsoft announces the Surface Go, a $399 tablet aimed at education

11 July, 2018, 07:32 | Author: Elena Summers
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The Surface device is expected to arrive with different processor variants and a high end version with a Pentium 4415Y. The 10-inch hybrid tablet is the newest entry in the Surface line and is essentially a smaller and less powerful version of the Surface Pro. Storage can be expanded via the integrated microSDXC reader. A Surface Go Signature Type Cover will set you back another $99, but includes a touchpad so you can keep your mousing habits instead of having to develop gorilla arms stretching out to use the touch screen. In the future, SKUs with 256GB SSDs, as well as LTE connectivity will be available, though pricing information is not yet available. It's worth noting that the Surface Go's camera has facial recognition login technology and the device comes with a USB-C 3.1 port for charging and outputting video and data to external devices. Stepping up to Kaby Lake also means additional support for features like H.265 decode and encode in hardware and additional codec support.

The Surface Go is 8.3mm thin and weighs 1.15 pounds. The device is equipped with a Surface Connector for connecting a charger as well as linking it to a desktop dock.

The tech giant makes extremely popular productivity software, the Windows operating system, and enterprise software.

We got to check out the Surface Go a few weeks before (checkout our hands-on here), and it's a promising new budget Windows device that makes Surface accessible to more customers.

Since my two youngest daughters have started using Surface Go, I see them watching movies, reading, and drawing on it every day. The company says the Go has up to nine hours of battery life as a result. For the target market, that shouldn't matter too much, but Microsoft has still pushed for parity with other Surface family members by supporting a Type Cover for Surface Go, the Surface Pen and Surface Mobile Mouse.

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Again, the Surface Go doesn't come with a keyboard. Here's everything you need to know about the new product, which really seems to be taking aim at the iPad.

The includes the new Alcantara Surface Keyboard covers, which bring the soft (and hard to keep clean) material based keyboards from the Surface Laptop to the tablet line. User reports on Reddit show the issue, though taking a trip to demonstration units at any nearby big-box retailer may offer a better visualization of the wear.

The tablet will be available to order in a variety of markets around the world on Tuesday and launch in stores on August 2nd.

So Microsoft Malaysia has just announced Surface Go's availability for Malaysia on 2 August 2018, there's no local price revealed yet but in the us the manufacturer's suggested retail price is just $399.

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