Microsoft’s 10-inch Surface Go starts at $399 and ships August 2

Ruben Fields
July 10, 2018

The Surface Go will make its way to India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain later this year.

Why did Microsoft build this 10-inch, Pentium-based device, given that the company's mission with its Surface products has been to go somewhere its OEM partners have not gone before - in other words, to create new and previously untapped markets/categories for Windows devices.

One thing worth noting that doesn't come across in the specs: The Surface Go's glass trackpad is bigger than on the Surface Pro.

It's been rumored for a long time now that Microsoft was working on a tinier Surface: Microsoft released the 10.8-inch Surface 3 back in 2015, but there hasn't been anything even sort of like it since.

The Surface Go kickstand also utilizes a brand new hinge that allows it to extend 165 degrees so that you can go from tablet mode to studio mode when you want to write or draw on it.

On a portable the port choice is crucial and Microsoft has provided USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader - as well as the Surface Connect for charging and docking.

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When can you buy Surface Go? The company tweeted out the leading question "Where will Surface go next?" along with an image of the full lineup - the Pro, Laptop, Book 2 and swiveling all-in-one Studio.

The Surface device is expected to arrive with different processor variants and a high end version with a Pentium 4415Y.

The Surface Go is still more expensive than the cheapest iPad, but the Go tablet is compatible with professional features, like the detachable keyboard, that are missing on the entry-level iPad. The USB-C port can be used for charging the tablet as well as connecting other USB-C devices.

The tablet runs on Windows 10 Home (S) which means it is only capable of installing and running apps from the Windows store.

A commercial for the new Surface Go can be viewed below. It's also made much of the new device's ability to run full Office applications, a strong hint it feels that keyboard input is important to the device's success. Unfortunately, as with the more powerful Surface Pro tablets, a keyboard is not included, making the initial price a bit misleading.

Microsoft's Surface range has become popular in Taiwan, with sales increasing by between 10 and 20 percent every year since the product launched five years ago according to Hsueh Wei-hung, deputy head of Microsoft's Consumer Channel Group. That's over Wi-Fi. LTE models of the Surface Go will also be available.

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