Microsoft, the Redmond based software giant has today extended its portfolio of Surface lineup with the launch of its budget oriented tablet dubbed as Surface Go. it is touted as the most portable and affordable product from the Surface product lineup with Comforts of a laptop, and convenience of a 10-inch tablet.
Announcing the launch, Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Microsoft, in a blog post said, “That’s the idea behind the design of Surface Go – our smallest, lightest, and most affordable Surface yet. When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10” Surface. The answers seem obvious – lightweight, productive, and accessible to more people. I’m pumped to introduce you to Surface Go, because it’s all those things, and so much more,”
The Surface Go looks like a smaller variant of the Surface Pro and carry forwards all the same design aesthetic and elements from its elder sibling. it bears a 10-inch display (1800 x 1200 pixel) with a 3:2 aspect ratio, pixel density of 217 PPI, 10-point multi touch, ink support, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. the tablet is packed with custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design. it runs Office apps which comes handy to do your office work or a school assignment and keeping in mind the tablets lightweight and portability the surface team has done a tremendous job. it comes built-in with Microsoft Office 365 Home 30-day trial version.
The 2-in-1 tablet is powered by an 7th generation Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor paired with HD Graphics 615. it is available in 4GB / 8GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB SSD storage variants. additionally, there’s also an optional Go keyboard cover which the company claims offers upto nine hours of battery life in a single charge.
In the camera department, the 2-in-1 tablet comes with 8-megapixel rear camera which supports 1080p Skype Video calling with a single microphone, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera which supports Windows Hello facial recognition technology for secure sign-in. it is also packed with 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
A Lot of you must be curious to know about the operating system, well it definitely doesn’t disappoints you – The Surface Go 2-in-1 runs on Windows 10 S and comes with the option to upgrade to full version of Windows 10 for free.it comes with an integrated kickstand along with an full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees and helps you switch between tablet and studio mode on the go. It comes with Microsoft’s dedicated Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to the desktop dock.
Connectivity option includes Surface Connect port (as mentioned earlier for charging and docking purpose), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C 3.1, an audio jack, and a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion. the tablet. onboard sensor includes Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Magnetometer. it measures 9.65″ x 6.90″ x 0.33″ and weighs at 522 grams excluding the Type Cover.
The Surface Go will be available now only with Wi-Fi variant, and the redmond giant has promised to bring the LTE variant powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem sometime later this year. it is priced at USD399 (Rs. 27,440 approx.) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD variant and USD 549 (Rs. 37,760 approx.) for the 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD variant. Keep in mind that Type Cover, Surface Dial, Microsoft Office, Surface Pen, and other accessories are sold separately.
The Surface Go will be available for pre-order starting from July 10 in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. it is expected to arrive in Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and other markets in the coming weeks.