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Microsoft Announces Smaller, Cheaper Surface Go

10 July 2018, 03:27 | Jodi Jackson

Microsoft Announces Smaller, Cheaper Surface Go

Microsoft Announces Smaller, Cheaper Surface Go

Retail, banking, manufacturing and other vertical businesses are all on Microsoft's radar with Surface Go. Check. Built-in kickstand? Check.

But just what is the Surface Go?

Microsoft officials said learnings from the company's Surface 3 device were inspirational in devising the Surface Go.

Rumors of a new, cheaper Surface tablet have been around for nearly two months, and now, the Surface Go is finally here. This means that not only can this tablet's storage be expanded, but it has two methods of hardwired docking and display expansion to the iPad's one, thanks to the mainstay Surface Connect port. The device adds another option to the Surface lineup, as Microsoft competes with Apple's iPad and Google's low-priced Chromebooks that have become a fixture in the classroom.

Microsoft has launched the Surface Go. And second, as a fully-functional Windows 10 laptop, The Surface Go will try to eke some share away from Apple's whole line of MacBook laptops, which starts at $999 for the cheapest MacBook Air. Too bad the bezels around the screen are so chunky they make the Surface Go's design look a bit dated. We've seen the Surface Go render and manipulate 3D imagery in a biology studies app with nary a stutter. However, it is not quite as powerful as the Surface Pro in terms of specifications and features. This is because the company acknowledges that finding the cursor on a smaller screen is simply that much harder.

The $399 version features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a commercial version available for $449. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off.

Naturally, and disappointingly, none of these options include the newly-designed Type Cover or tried-and-true Surface Pen in the box. Just remember that Alcantara stains easily. And adding the pen will bring you to $597.

Low (er) cost 399 bucks Microsoft Surface tablet to be released July, Friday the 13th - 07/09/2018 05:50 PMAah Microsoft, you never had good fortune with the Surface, and now they will release a "budget" version this Friday, the 13th.

You can choose 4 or 8GB lpddr3 RAM and SSD capacities of 64, 128 and 256GB.

But keep in mind that the accessories and extras will cost you, so the price point won't necessarily be as affordable as it seems.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad. United Kingdom pricing has not yet been announced, but we'll update this article when we hear more. It will be available for preorders starting today and the shipping will begin in August.

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