Microsoft debuts $399 Surface Go tablet, taking on cheaper iPads
- Author: Delia Davidson Jul 13, 2018,
Jul 13, 2018, 1:34
The Surface Go doesn't feature radical changes from a design perspective at all. It sports a fantastic chassis that's sleek and sturdy with a solid, premium feel to it. Then, when it comes to cameras, the tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus.
The Surface Go is comparable in nearly every way and looks near identical. It's probably best described as a shrunken down Surface Pro. You do have a smaller screen - 10-inchesversus 12.3-inches on the Pro - but both sport great little keyboards and touchpads (not bundled in, unfortunately).
Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps.
The ports on the Surface Go are a Surface Connect port for charging and docking the device, a USB Type-C 3.1 port for data, video as well as charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a micro SD card slot for memory expansion. 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. It's significantly more powerful.
The Pentium Gold processor balances power with battery consumption to offer roughly nine hours of charge. Where the $800 base model comes with an Intel Core m3 processor - which the Pentium Gold chip should pull slightly ahead of - from there things get far more interesting. There is an option to buy a more expensive version offering 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. It goes on sale on August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity.
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The Surface Pro's display is more impressive too. The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, with 1500:1 contrast ratio. There is no "smart" side on the perimeter, the dimensions of the touchpad increased - 101х56 mm. you can purchase It for $ 99 (2600 USD), and for the model with fabric surface will have to pay $ 129 (3400 UAH).
What the Surface Go lacks in power, it makes up for in portability.