Microsoft's $400 Surface Tablet Reportedly Launching This Week

Saul Franklin
July 11, 2018

The company just launched a 10” Surface Go with Windows 10 out of the box, although with its lite S flavor. A device powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, offering up to nine hours of battery. Pony up for the $549 8GB/ 128GB model, and you're starting to encroach on ultrabook territory. Storage can be expanded via the integrated microSDXC reader. For commercial-channel buyers, you will have the option to have this device shipped with Windows 10 Pro.

It's also not clear if the Surface Go comes with the new Surface Go Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen or if they're added extras like with the Surface Pro. In the future, SKUs with 256GB SSDs, as well as LTE connectivity will be available, though pricing information is not yet available. The same connector can be used to dock the Go to an external monitor and charge it, while an additional USB-C port provides speedy data transfer and alternative power connections.

Microsoft released a $499 Surface 3 tablet in 2015, but discontinued the product in 2016. With the Surface Connect port, you can power two external 2K monitors at once, so this slate can pull double duty as a full desktop PC. But with the latest Surface, Microsoft is targeting a smaller market that Apple hasn't yet been able to satiate.

On Monday, the company teased the upcoming product with a tweet that said "Where will Surface go next?" Microsoft also claims that this laptop can last up to 9 hours on a single charge which is pretty reasonable.

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The entry level Surface is built around a PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and good precision.

The Surface Go also has support for the Surface Mobile Mouse. Likewise, the means by which the keyboards physically attach to the Surface make typing with the system in your lap moderately awkward when compared to a standard notebook, or true 2-in-1 with a keyboard equipped with a more solid hinge. According to the leak, the tablet and a complimenting Type Cover will be available via the Microsoft Store.

The includes the new Alcantara Surface Keyboard covers, which bring the soft (and hard to keep clean) material based keyboards from the Surface Laptop to the tablet line. It's going to be a much better user experience. The new 10-inch tablet is available now for pre-order in the us and several other countries and is priced competitively to the iPad Mini, with a $399 price tag for the 64-GB storage option, and $549 for a 128-GB version. Pre-orders are available from today, but they won't be on sale or in early adopters' hands until August, conveniently in time for the new school year.

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