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Microsoft launches cheaper ‘Surface Go’ iPad competitor with a 10-inch display

Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei
Katie Ramirez | 10 July, 2018, 13:08

Called "Surface Go", it is is an affordable Windows tablet with a 10-inch, 1800 x 1200 display. The Surface Go comes with a 10-inch display and has arrived with an attractive starting price of $399.

Microsoft today launched a $399 Surface Go to take on the 6th generation iPad and Chromebooks. The Surface Go also features Qualcomm's Snapdragon X16 LTE modem which allows for up to 1Gbps download and 160Mbps peak upload speeds.

One of the most attractive things about the Surface line of tablets is its keyboard cover attachment.

The Surface Go will go up for pre-order from July 10 in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and other important markets.

Even with the reduced price, it retains all the major Surface design elements: a variable position kickstand, 8MP rear/5MP front cameras with Windows Hello facial recognition, the Surface Connect magnetic charging and dock port, and a 10-finger multitouch screen with Surface Pen support. The storage solutions is 64 GB eMMC or 128 GB SSD. The existing Surface Pen works with this device and you can opt for the Type Cover at $99 or a Signature Type Cover at $129.99. It's been rumored that Microsoft wants to have this new Surface on shelves in time for the back-to-school rush, so a mid-summer release makes a lot of sense.

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Finally, on the accessories end, the Microsoft Surface Go will support a brand new keyboard cover, which features a larger trackpad and reduced vertical key travel that now stands at 1mm.

Since my two youngest daughters have started using Surface Go, I see them watching movies, reading, and drawing on it every day. Users will also be glad to know that there's a Surface Pen ready too. The premium model of the Surface Go will be priced at $549 (roughly Rs. 37,800).

In the future, versions of Surface Go with integrated LTE and 256GB SSDs will be added to the line-up.

The aforementioned variants of the Microsoft Surface Go only support Wi-Fi connectivity for internet. Additionally, there's the new $35 Surface Mobile Mouse, a cheaper alternative to the $80 Surface Arc Mouse.

The document, which was posted to Reddit in a subreddit dedicated to Surface devices, appears to show that the as-yet-unnamed Surface device will be available at the Microsoft store on "7/13", suggesting that a low-key launch this week could be on the cards. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off.

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