Microsoft Announces Smaller, Cheaper Surface Go

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Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example. The 10-inches display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and features 1800×1200 PixelSense display. Surface Go Type Covers are $99 or $129 for the fabric-covered Alcantara versions, and the mouse is $34.99. If you take a look at the keyboard, Microsoft has included a trackpad large enough to hold an Olympic-sized swimming pool with full support for gestures as well.

Microsoft Corp.is cutting prices on its Surface devices, introducing a $399 tablet to compete with Apple Inc.'s least-expensive iPads.

Also like the Surface Pro, Microsoft even managed to squeeze a microSDXC card reader into the Surface Go under the kickstand.

Sadly, Microsoft is still leveraging the floppy keyboard design, meaning you can not use Surface Go comfortably on your lap. As for storage, you're looking at 64GB to start, but that can be upgraded on the Surface Go to 128GB or 256GB. There's also the traditional proprietary Surface Connect port that be used for charging too as well as docking.

As we previously reported, the base $400 system will likely be equipped with the Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

What might this new Surface device offer? It does have a headphone jack, though.

In stores, the laptop will come with Windows 10 Home in S Mode, which limits users to programs in the Microsoft Store. That means Surface Go has everything you would expect from a Windows 10 machine, from features like Windows Hello (signing in with facial recognition) all the way to supporting decades of third-party apps.

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Microsoft's Surface range has become popular in Taiwan, with sales increasing by between 10 and 20 percent every year since the product launched five years ago according to Hsueh Wei-hung, deputy head of Microsoft's Consumer Channel Group. The Surface Go will be pitted against Apple's $329 iPad.

The Surface Go utilizes a fanless design with passive cooling.

The apparent new line demonstrates Microsoft's bid for a place in the market of budget devices, which Apple now dominates.

So. should you buy this new Surface? That's especially clutch in both schools and corporations, both of which often rely on specialized software.

The Surface Go should provide plenty of endurance. It features all the necessary build details for portability and the processing power for day to day productivity tasks generally required of students. The device will reportedly retail for $400, include a USB-C port, and be 20 percent lighter than the current Surface Pro models, which now start at $799. The exact size of the battery of the Surface Go is yet to be revealed. Some of these may be individuals who always wanted a Surface but couldn't afford it until now, with the base-level tablet on its own costing $399.

"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface", Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog announcing the device.

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