In comparison, Microsoft's newest addition to its Surface family has a 10-inch 1800×1200 screen and starts at 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. There might, however, be something brewing in the Chrome OS camp that could undo the Surface Go's advantage. It's substantially smaller and lighter than the current Surface Pro, which as a large, 12.5-inch screen. And as with other Surface devices, it features a 2:3 aspect ratio that provides a more intuitive user experience while reading and working with documents, claims Microsoft.
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The new 10in (25.4cm) device comes with the signature Surface kickstand for setting the device up at a range of angles, and runs Windows 10.
The base version of the Surface Go will come with 4GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory and 64GB of eMMC storage.
Measuring 9.6 inches by 6.9 inches and a third of an inch thick, the Surface Go comes close to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in terms of portability. It weighs 1.15 pounds and has a battery that can last up nine hours between charges, according to company testing.
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The Surface Go features USB-C, a headphone jack, a Surface Connect port and a microSD slot.
To get proper work done you'll also need a keyboard, and Microsoft has also launched a selection of keyboard covers for doing just that. For comparison's sake, the Surface Pro now retails for $799.
In a blog post introducing the device, Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay said the Go was designed for reading, running Microsoft Office and other productivity apps, and streaming video. The $400 price tag is nearly tempting until you consider the $99 Surface Pen and $99 Surface Type Cover you probably want to buy with it.
The wifi-only model will be available for preorders starting tomorrow in Australia, New Zealand and 19 other countries in North America and Europe, and will hit shelves starting 2 August.
Until then the tablet is available to preorder on the Microsoft Store.