Microsoft announces new, more affordable Surface Go tablet-PC

Microsoft announces new, more affordable Surface Go tablet-PC

Microsoft has unveiled its challenger to the iPad.

The Surface Go also features a USB-C port and a micro SD expansion slot. And although details have been slim, the reports had suggested that the company's pricing would start at around $399.

Microsoft is simultaneously competing with its rivals and striking out alone with the Surface Go. You'll need to add $99 for an Apple Pencil and will have to make do with a Bluetooth keyboard. The 7 generation Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y powers the portable 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid.

It runs an Intel Pentium processor.

While the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage costs $399, the high-end variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at $549.

Last night, Microsoft took the wraps off their 10-inch Surface Go tablet.

The Surface Go is still more expensive than the cheapest iPad, but the Go tablet is compatible with professional features, like the detachable keyboard, that are missing on the entry-level iPad.

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. It does have a headphone jack, though. It ships with Windows 10 S, but comes with a free upgrade to standard Windows 10 if you want to break out of the Windows App Store. If you want, though, it's easy to disable "S Mode" and go back to regular old Windows, which is good if you want Google Chrome as your browser. The cellular version will arrive later this year.

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It's finally here: Microsoft's fourth attempt at releasing a miniaturized Surface tablet.

The 10-inch display is sharp, with 1800 x 1200-pixel resolution, and in person, the panel looks a lot more colorful than other cheap 2-in-1s.

There is no denying for what market Microsoft designed the Surface Go for. That's especially clutch in both schools and corporations, both of which often rely on specialized software. The company tweeted out the leading question "Where will Surface go next?" along with an image of the full lineup - the Pro, Laptop, Book 2 and swiveling all-in-one Studio.

Make no mistake, Microsoft's Surface business in total is still a fraction of Apple's enormous hardware revenues.

All in all, I'm left unsure as to how the Surface Go stacks up against the iPad.

Microsoft announced its new Surface Go, debuting a new system that should serve as an appropriate follow-up for the Surface 3 and a rare mainstream, affordable win for the space.

In portrait mode, the screen was created to render the page to the scale of most school textbooks, and in landscape mode, it can render pages side by side as if you were holding a paperback book in hand.