Microsoft Teases New Surface Device

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Microsoft has unveiled its direct challenge to Apple's iPad, the cheaper, smaller and lighter Surface Go 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet.

The Go retains the Surface's 3:2 aspect ratio, while the 10-inch IPS touchscreen sports an 1800 x 1200 resolution.

Microsoft recently expanded its Surface range of personal computers and the flagship will allow these new products to be available to Taiwanese consumers in the shortest possible time, according to Chang.

The base model of the Surface Go that includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD carries a price tag of $399.

The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S runs out-of-the-box, This means users will only be able to access the Edge browser and apps available in the Microsoft Store.

"Where will Surface go next?" the Surface tweet asks rhetorically. Bloomberg's sources also suggested that this Surface will continue to use Intel processors rather than the ARM SoCs inside the company's past thrusts into the lower-priced tablet space. However, it will also come in a model with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

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In both cases, Microsoft is employing the same sales pitch as the rest of the Surface lineup.

It'll be notable if the tablet does have a USB-C port, since previous Surface tablets required a proprietary Microsoft adapter for charging and data. However, the vast majority of devices, including most smartphones, still rely on regular old USB to work, meaning that Surface Go owners might need to get in the habit of carrying around some adapters.

The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 onboard. Microsoft 365 will be an option, as will Windows Autopilot, Microsoft's device provisioning service, for the Surface Go devices. The tablet runs on an Intel Pentium 4415Y dual-core processor, with a base clock frequency of 1.6 GHz, a tdp of 6W and associated Intel HD Graphics 615. The 8.3 mm thin tablet weighs 1.15 pounds - not exactly featherlight, but not heavy either.

Surface Go with Wi-Fi will be available for pre-order tomorrow, July 10 in select countries*, with products beginning to hit shelves on August 2.

Specifically, it will ship with Windows 10 Home in S Mode although a commercial variant will ship with Windows 10 Pro.

Again, the Surface Go doesn't come with a keyboard. Microsoft claims that the device can offer a battery life of up to 9 hours on a single charge. You'll also get the friction kickstand found on the Surface Pro so it's definitely still firmly within the Surface family of devices. After even just a brief time with the Surface Go, we're plenty optimistic about it. The Surface Pen will cost you another $99 as well. Pre-orders have opened, but actual shipping starts in August.

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