After multiple leaks and rumors, Microsoft has finally unveiled their latest 2-in-1 laptop in their Surface line up, the Microsoft Surface Go, today. In an attempt to conquer the budget market, the Surface Go comes to compete with the 2018 iPad, that was launched a couple of months ago.
Microsoft Surface Go
The Microsoft Surface Go sports a 10-inchPixel Sense display with a resolution of 1800×1200 pixels. The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, with 1500:1 contrast ratio. A Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display from potential scratches.
The display supports input through Surface Pen with up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Surface Pen with the PixelSense display ensures low latency, low pen parallax, and precise strokes, making it suitable for drawing and other creative use cases.
Powering the entry-level device is a 7th Gen Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. The Intel integrated HD Graphics 615 handles all the graphical activities. It comes with up to 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
The 2-in-1 Surface Go comes with an optional detachable surface Type Cover. The Surface Go has a built-in kickstand with an adjustable hinge. The Surface Go without the Type cover weighs in 522 gms and is just 8.3 mm thick, making it the thinnest Surface laptop ever produced.
For security, the laptop comes with TPM 2.0 for Enterprise security and also has Windows Hello face authentication camera on the front which uses a 5 MP unit. To the rear, there’s also an 8 MP camera, with AutoFocus. The Surface Go comes with 2 Watt stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. It only has a single microphone.
As for the battery, the inbuilt battery is claimed to provide up nine hours of usage. For connectivity, the laptop comes with Surface connect port, a Surface Type Cover port, a microSDXC card slot, a USB C 3.1 port, and a headphone jack. The wireless connectivity options include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
On the software side of things, the Go runs on Windows 10 S OS which is a trimmed down version of full-fledged Windows 10. The S variant cannot run x86 applications but only runs apps from the Windows store. Users can upgrade from the S variant to Windows 10 through a quick and simple upgrade process.
Pricing and Availability of Microsoft Surface Go
The Microsoft Surface Go comes in Magnesium casing. The pricing of the Surface Go starts from USD 399 (INR 27,400) for the 64 GB storage with 4 GB RAM, whereas the 128 GB storage variant with 8 GB RAM costs USD 529 (INR 36,327). The Surface Go is now up for pre-orders in the US.
Currently, Microsoft is launching only the Wi-Fi only variant, while the LTE variant is expected to release later this year.
Learn more: Surface Go