What the pros need to know — Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface affordable tablet passes the FCC

This can be disabled for free, likewise, commercial SKUs with Windows 10 Pro can be configured to enable S Mode for free. Now its time for Microsoft to bring a Windows 10 alternative to the $399 Apple iPad. It has one of Microsoft's PixelSense screens too, so it has multi-touch support for when you want to collaborate on the same device, and you can use a Surface Pen on it - sold separately - for digital doodling. The company has now announced the launch of its Surface Go tablet and as expected, it's priced at $399.

When can you buy Surface Go? The Go will feature the new Surface hinge, allowing you to prop it up in a laptop fashion or gently push it down for a more comfortable sketching experience. All created to help you be more productive whether you're studying in a library, working on a plane, or sharing your content in a boardroom on a 4K monitor. The Pentium Gold just might be slightly underpowered and give users adequate incentive to consider Google's middle-tier Chromebooks.

In terms of hardware, the Surface Go comes installed with Intel's seventh-generation Intel Pentium Gold processor, which Microsoft says it has used because it balances power consumption and performance, and can be picked up in either a 4GB RAM / 64GB storage space, or a 6GB RAM / 128GB storage space model. The tradeoff for all these features is battery life: Microsoft expects the Surface Go to get up to 9 hours of battery life, which is less than estimates for the Surface Laptop (14.5 hours), Surface Pro (13.5 hours), and Surface Book (17 hours). Storage can be expanded via the integrated microSDXC reader. Otherwise, you get a single port for USB-C - a new universal standard that replaces the USB slot you might be familiar with.

The Windows-maker is sticking with the proprietary Surface connector, but Surface Go has USB-C as well. It does have a headphone jack, though. OK, Windows 10 Home in S Mode might be restrictive, but this can be upgraded to Windows 10 Home if you so desire.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August.

The Surface Go has a 10-inch screen, about the same size as the entry-level iPad.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella attending the unveiling event of a new Surface Pro device in NY on May 20, 2014. That's especially clutch in both schools and corporations, both of which often rely on specialized software. This approach is similar to what Apple follows with its iPad Pro lineup.

Going by the price of current Surface devices, it's unlikely we'll see a top-end configuration of the Surface Go hit the Surface Pro's £749 starting point. And while the Surface has its diehard fans, myself included, it's still a relatively niche product for Windows power users.

The price for the actual Surface Go starts from $399 for the 4/64 GB version and goes to $549 for the 8/128 GB variant. That could open up some doors for Microsoft's hardware business, especially among budget-conscious consumers.

"The Surface Go is an excellent proposition". The PixelSense Display is 10-inch long and the 3:2 custom calibrated display is created to render the pages of most school textbooks.

On the, ah, surface, the Go looks like a good deal. A leak six months ago says that Andromeda OS apps will work for "left and right pages". But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it.

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