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Microsoft's $400 surface tablet might be here soon

11 July, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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When faced with this question, most people will have to make the choice between the new Surface Go and the other big name in tablets: the Apple iPad.

The new Surface Go has the same 3:2 aspect ratio of other Surface slates, with Microsoft's iconic kickstand that lets the tablet open up to a huge 165 degrees.

"Microsoft's "Surface Go" is the first Surface-branded 10" tablet in three years, and is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold processor. Its entry-level model has 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC 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.

The company also has a new Type cover for the hardware which brings several improvements over the last iteration of the Surface 3, namely a significantly improved trackpad. Considering the physical form of the Surface Go first, it is headlined as being the smallest and lightest Surface yet.


To achieve a lower price point, the Surface Go has a combination of lower specs and Windows 10 S.

While questions remain around customer demand for a lower-power Windows machine from Microsoft, experts were broadly positive about the introduction of a cheaper Surface device, saying that it made Microsoft's offerings more competitive with Apple's iPad and Google's Chromebooks, which have found success in the education market. The device starts at $399 (around Rs 27,400).

The Surface Go will be available for pre-order in Malaysia starting the 2nd of August 2018. Just don't expect to see Microsoft's zany folding dual-screen Surface Andromeda handheld - apparently, that project may be in danger now. Add that to the Type Cover with touchpad you can use the Surface tablet as a mini notebook. But through an ongoing series of product launches and acquisitions, Microsoft has been making its case to be the dark horse in the race. An LTE model should be available later this year. You will be able to upgrade to a full version of Windows 10 Home for free, if you want a full desktop experience, but you likely will sacrifice battery life. It's worth noting that the Surface Go's camera has facial recognition login technology and the device comes with a USB-C 3.1 port for charging and outputting video and data to external devices.

All of the Surface Go's accessories are sold separately including a keyboard cover that's been redesigned for the smaller size, as well as a stylus and a new 4-inch mobile mouse. While ZDnet recently reported that the Andromeda project was on thin ice and unlikely to ever come to market, Microsoft enthusiasts were optimistic that it was close to debut. They will obviously use a metal body and will sport USB Type-C connectivity, as well as microSD support. One of the earliest incarnations of the Surface line, the Surface RT, fared poorly.

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