After several years of renewing the Surface Pro, Microsoft decided to bring out a surface intended for a larger audience. The new Surface Go is a small 10-inch tablet running Windows 10 Home “S mode” and embeds a real PC platform. What makes a real competitor of the Apple iPad? It could be good.
The device promises to be a lighter, smaller and cheaper version than the rest of the Surface family, so it falls into the category of affordable tablets. Still, with impressive specifications and striking details in its design.
The Surface Go arrives with a 10-inch screen, 1800 x 1200 resolution with 3: 2 ratio, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also the first in line with a USB-C connector, microSD card slot, a Surface connector and headphone jack. Besides, its battery will last 9 hours of continuous use.
Another good news about Surface Go is that although it comes from the factory with the Windows 10 S version, it will be possible to convert into a full mode of Windows 10 for free and at no additional cost. That is, nothing more than Windows RT. Already the commercial version will come with Windows 10 Pro, which can also be placed in S mode if the user prefers.
The Surface Go takes the classic design of the Surface, and therefore the famous foot kickstand incorporated in the back, to maintain it horizontally or to vary the angle of inclination (165 degrees max.) Without having to hold it at arm’s length. The only accessory provided (in addition to the mains charger), the Surface Pen to take notes or draw on the screen of the slate.
Of course, to become a hybrid 2-in-1, the Surface Go can be connected to a detachable keyboard that is specially designed, which serves as a cover to protect the touchscreen. The latter is still sold at extra and increases the starting price of the tablet.
The model with 64GB of internal storage uses the eMMC memory type to store data, rather than the SSD, 128GB and 256GB models arrive with the SSD option. There will be three models in total: the first with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that will cost $ 399 ($ 499 for the retail version); second with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that will cost $ 549 ($ 599 for the retail version); and finally a LTE version of 256GB of internal storage that will be released later and has not yet revealed price.