The Microsoft Surface Go was announced today, as a 10-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet that succeeds the Surface 3. The Surface Go release date is August 2 from $399, but it will start taking pre-orders later today: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-go/
Let’s begin with the main specs. This is a 10-inch tablet with a new 1800 x 1200 resolution with 217 ppi and 3:2 screen ratio, powered by Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with options of 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB eMMC storage, and microSD card expansion support too.
It comes with Windows 10 S pre-installed, but this can be changed to Windows 10 Pro for free. The optional 4G LTE Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem version will be launched later.
The design still features a built-in kickstand, and it’s still fanless, but the tablet is rounder around the edges now, and features a welcome USB-C 3.1 port.
Surface Go is sold as a stand alone tablet, with the new Surface Go Signature Type Cover costing $129, and the optional 4096 pressure level sensitive Surface pen costing $99.
With Surface Go being powered by a decent new mid-range processor, it gets some power and a 9 hour battery life, with support for fast charge so it can charge in 2 hours too. Microsoft’s Surface Go is the first tablet to run on this new dual-core processor.
Surface Go has a 5MP front camera and a IR camera for facial login, a 8MP rear camera, a near filed sensor that can read RFID tags, a Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
Surface Go weighs 522 grams or 18.4 ounces, and is 8.3mm thick.
– Jim Miller