Microsoft debuts US$399 low-end Surface Go tablet

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Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Go, its $399 iPad killer. That's significantly cheaper than the rest of the £650+ Surface Pro range. Added to this is an 8.3 mm thin design, and a device that tips the scale at 521.6 grams sans detachable keyboard cover.

"That's the idea behind the design of Surface Go - our smallest, lightest, and most affordable Surface yet", said Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer at Microsoft.

Microsoft has launched the new Surface Go which has turned out to be the new cheaper Surface Pro alternative that we knew the company has been into making for some time now.

The new Surface Go is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, with up to nine hours of battery. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board flash storage.

On the software side of things, the Go runs on Windows 10 S OS which is a trimmed down version of full-fledged Windows 10.

Microsoft release a $499 Surface 3 tablet in 2015, but discontinued the product in 2016.

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The Surface Go becomes available for preorder starting July 10 and ships this August.

The Microsoft Surface Go has a 10in screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio display and a resolution of 1,800 x 1,200, which is the same as the Surface Pro. In terms of connectivity, the device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB type C port for charging and data syncing and a micro SD card slot for storage expansion. Then, when it comes to cameras, the tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus. The Surface Go comes with 2 Watt stereo speakers with Dolby Audio.

Microsoft made no mention of what version of Windows 10 this runs but, as it hasn't specifically stated it, it's likely you'll be working with Windows 10 Home instead of the pared-down Windows found on the Surface Laptop. Additional pricier models will also be available, bumping up the memory to 8GB and offering 256GB of storage. It will hit shelves August 2, and an LTE model will be arriving later this year.

It's the price tag that will make it more appealing for many people, shaving several hundred dollars off the price of the latest version of the Surface Pro, which starts at $799.

Other available accessories for Surface Go include a mobile mouse for $34.99 and a $99 Surface Pen you can use to draw or write on the multi-touch (1800x1200) screen - and yes, your older Surface Pen will work here.

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