Microsoft has just turned the heat up on the mid-range tablet market with the announcement of their new Surface Go, a successor to the Surface 3 that costs just $399.
Surface Go is the smallest and cheapest 10-inch tablet on offer from Microsoft, weighing in at just 1.15 pounds - 0.25 pounds lighter than the Surface 3, and a smidgen heavier than the 1.03-pound iPad. The new Surface Go is super-thin as well, at just 8.9mm thick you can put it anywhere. Microsoft is wanting to offer the Surface Go to people who use it all the time, so it has to be thin and portable enough to throw into your bag.
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. Perfect for the plane, or your lap while on the bus or train. Microsoft has kept the rather large bezels, but a Microsoft representative said this was a design choice as it makes it easier to hold the Surface Go without your fingers getting in the way of the screen.
Inside, we have the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor which Microsoft says is 30% faster than the quad-core Atom CPU found inside of the Surface 3. There's 4GB RAM and 128GB of SSD as a minimum for $399, or for an additional $150 you can grab 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD at $549 total.
Microsoft will have an LTE version of the Surface Go later this year, with all models rocking USB-C as well as the proprietary Surface power connector.
Microsoft will ship the Surface Go with Windows 10 S mode for consumers, but you can switch to Windows 10 without an issue, and Windows 10 Pro for commercial users. IT admins are free to configure those machines to run in S mode if they choose to, too.
The company has also designed a totally new Type Cover which sells separately for $99, with a higher-end Alcantara version for $129. The same cloth-like material is used on the premium Alcantara version as found on the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro keyboards.
Microsoft's new Surface Go is available for pre-order in the US, Canada, and other markets right now with stores set to see them hit shelves on August 2.