Surface Go Announced, Microsoft's Most Affordable Tablet-PC Hybrid Yet

Surface Go Announced, Microsoft's Most Affordable Tablet-PC Hybrid Yet

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The device's price is way below the starting cost of previous Surface machines.

There's a new Surface device from Microsoft that you won't be able to buy if you live in South Africa - the Surface Go tablet.

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.

To the Surface Go. The document explained that Microsoft Stores are preparing a "New Microsoft Hardware Display and Type Cover set on Friday, 7/13", implying new hardware being displayed by the end of this week.

Instead, the Surface Go is a niche product that should be labelled as a "hybrid" device, combining elements of laptops and tablets, the site says. We now know that to be the Surface Go and it'll land on 2 August 2018.

The Wi-Fi version will be released first with a LTE version coming later this year. In this head to head, we pitted the Surface Go versus the Surface Pro to find out where the best value for money lies.

The new Surface Go will be available for pre-order beginning on July 10 in select markets including US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. It's called the Surface Go and it retails for $399 (approx Rs 27445) for the 4GB/64GB version and $549 (roughly Rs 37770) for the 8GB/128GB one.

The company's new Surface Go takes many design cues from the larger Surface Pro and features the same iconic kickstand as well as support for the Surface Pen and Type Cover.

That same tweet hints that Microsoft is making the announcement on Tuesday; it shows a picture of four Surface products, all of which display tomorrow's date and the time "6:00".

The device is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and features a fanless design with up to nine hours of battery on a single charge.

As it's essentially geared for running Office, doing some light photo editing and streaming content on Netflix or YouTube, it's not really going to be a complete powerhouse. The trackpad also supports five point multi-finger gestures, and you can also connect the new Surface Mobile Mouse if you do not want to use the trackpad.

The Go also gets a USB-C port, the latest physical connectivity standard, which is not available on any other Surface tablet. There's a headphone jack and a microSD card reader too. There is no "smart" side on the perimeter, the dimensions of the touchpad increased - 101х56 mm. you can purchase It for $ 99 (2600 USD), and for the model with fabric surface will have to pay $ 129 (3400 UAH).

When do pre-orders open?

  • Terrell Bush