Microsoft has officially launched the most affordable (by Microsoft) 2-in-1 notebook aka Microsoft Surface Go in the U.S. to compete against the likes of the Apple's 6th Gen iPad with Apple Pencil support.
Microsoft has unveiled the new Surface Go, which is set to compete with the likes of Apple's iPad and Google Chromebooks who hold the majority of the education market. That's significantly cheaper than the rest of the £650+ Surface Pro range. The device weighs under 500grams (without any accessories) and has a thickness of 8.3 mm.
The device is a 10-inch screen and 3:2 display with Microsoft claiming it is the "smallest, lightest and most affordable Surface yet".
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.
While $399 is an appealing sum on, well, the surface, especially compared to the base $799 Surface Pro, you can spend more for a model with extra memory and storage; the starting Go model gives you 4GB and 64GB, respectively.
"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface", Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog announcing the device.
Panay called the new tablet a "new entry point for the Surface family", citing the $400 United States dollars price tag ($529 CAD). In this head to head, we pitted the Surface Go versus the Surface Pro to find out where the best value for money lies. Given that the Surface Go is meant to be carried around as the name suggests, a strong battery life is a must have.
It isn't the first time Microsoft has sold a cheaper version of the Surface.
Microsoft Surface Go has a kickstand like other Surface models.
Microsoft's new tablet fills out the Surface line by offering customers a cheaper entry price at $399 and the ability to charge the device using USB-C.
The Microsoft Surface Go has a 10.0-inch IPS LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Microsoft says there's an LTE version arriving later this year too. The Surface Go is an intriguing low-priced detachable for travelers, education buyers, and others who want to launch into Microsoft's well-made, attractive Surface 2-in-1s on a tight budget. The hinge on the cover extends up to 165 degrees in case you wish to have a larger angle for some studio work or while placing video calls using the Windows Hello camera which also allows you to unlock the Surface Go using your face.