Microsoft Surface Go release date, price & specs

Microsoft Surface Go release date, price & specs

What do you think about the Surface Go tablet?

Under the hood, Microsoft says Surface Go owners can expect about as much computing power as 2014's Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Go may start at $399, but you can easily spend hundreds more if you add crucial functionality like a keyboard, more RAM, and extra storage.

In terms of OS, Surface Go runs Windows 10 S out of the box, but that can be switched to a standard version of Windows 10 if the user wishes.

Naturally, and disappointingly, none of these options include the newly-designed Type Cover or tried-and-true Surface Pen in the box. The Go is compatible with the Surface Pen, allowing 4096 levels of pressure, and the iPad supports the Apple Pencil.

Microsoft talks about the new charger as well, which is apparently half the size of the usual Surface chargers, capable of charging your Surface Go device from 0% to 100% in 2 hours with Intelligent Charging.

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The Surface Go comes with Windows 10 onboard. And while it and its fans may be celebrating the ultra-light Surface Go tonight, those fans really are looking for more to come.

Since my two youngest daughters have started using Surface Go, I see them watching movies, reading, and drawing on it every day.

According to Microsoft, pre-orders are open now in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, with retail availability for the US and Canada planned for August 2, with other countries following that month. It's nearly a surprise, as the more advanced Surface Pro doesn't have that yet (but we expect to see a refresh of the Surface Pro later this year).

The device will support split-screen and multi-tasking modes available in Windows 10. The detachable 2-in-1 tablet uses an optional Type Cover keyboard that costs $99.

Other than that, the device is also equipped with USB 3.1 Type-C port for charging, video, and data alongside Windows Hello camera, microSD card reader, and 3.5mm headphone jack. An LTE model should be available later this year. Gone are the stark, angled edges of the Surface Pro in lieu of rounder, softer edges that help give this version of the Surface its own identity through such a relatively small adjustment. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off. One of the earliest incarnations of the Surface line, the Surface RT, fared poorly.

Those who expected a rather boring summer should get ready for a big hardware launch at the end of this week, because - if at least some of those insiders on Reddit are right - Microsoft will launch an affordable Surface tablet this Friday.

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