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Microsoft's budget Surface Go goes official with 10-inch screen

Microsoft's budget Surface Go goes official with 10-inch screen

What might this new Surface device offer?

Microsoft has unveiled a smaller and cheaper version of its Surface tablet that looks set to go head to head with Apple's latest iPad. It goes on sale August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity.

While Microsoft has made a tablet available in the price segment, is a new 400 is $ 10,400 United States dollars.

Rumours had previously stated that a new, cheaper Surface tablet would be coming to market around the second half of 2018. It's now available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store in most European countries and will expand to others within the coming weeks. Cellular versions are to come later. Because of this, it's August release window is an incredibly smart one as it picks up right when people are looking to purchase "back to school" goods. The Surface Go is now up for pre-orders in the US.

Prices for the Surface Go start at $399 (around £300) but no upper limit has now been stated.

Surface Go starts at A$599.00 for the 64GB / 4GB RAM option, or A$839.00 for the 128GB / 8GB version and is available for pre-order from 11/07/2018 in Australia, along with US, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, and Thailand.

"The power and connectivity in a device this small gives you the style and productivity Surface is known for in a more convenient package", Panay wrote, adding it's ideal for the apps people use for work and school, combined with the flexibility to read, or watch a show on Netflix.

The Surface Go Signature Type Cover is custom-made for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and key travel.

The Microsoft Surface Go comes in Magnesium casing. The $34.99 Surface Mobile Mouse rounds off the official list of accessories Microsoft has come up for the Surface Go. Naturally this will eat into the 9 hours of battery life promised, but those familiar with the low-power CPU have been able to get games like Fortnite, Rocket League, Tomb Raider, and others running above 30 frame-per-second. The Surface Go has a built-in kickstand with an adjustable hinge.

In terms of ports, the Surface Go comes with a microSDXC card reader, 3.5mm headset jack, a USB Type-C slot and a proprietary Surface Connector port used for charging.


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