Microsoft announces the Surface Go, a $399 tablet aimed at education

Microsoft announces the Surface Go, a $399 tablet aimed at education

The Surface Go is the first Surface device to feature USB 3.1, the same universal connector seen on the Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro.

First, as a tablet, the Surface Go will square off against Apple's productivity-focused iPad Pro, which starts at $649 for a 10.5-inch model.

Inside the Surface Go is a 7th gen Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, a fanless design, and a battery that provides 9 hours of juice on a charge. Pony up an extra $150 and all that doubles - you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage.

The Surface Go will ship with Windows 10's "S Mode" enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft Store - a tradeoff for better battery life and generally smoother performance.

Naturally, and disappointingly, none of these options include the newly-designed Type Cover or tried-and-true Surface Pen in the box. Microsoft has also release a new Signature Type Cover to match the new tablet. The Surface Go has a slower Intel Corp. processor, according to Bloomberg.

Last night, Microsoft took the wraps off their 10-inch Surface Go tablet.

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While questions remain around customer demand for a lower-power Windows machine from Microsoft, experts were broadly positive about the introduction of a cheaper Surface device, saying that it made Microsoft's offerings more competitive with Apple's iPad and Google's Chromebooks, which have found success in the education market.

Microsoft Surface devices primarily target high-powered creative types at a substantial price point, but the tech giant is looking to change that with a new $399 hybrid tablet. If both are true, the product could be unveiled on July 10, and then become available for pre-order on the 13th. However, Microsoft's rounded corners and edges on the gadget give it a more informal look when compared to the Surface Pro and Surface Books. Additionally, the selected variants also support 4G LTE for on the go connectivity. You'll be able to buy it August 2nd. But through an ongoing series of product launches and acquisitions, Microsoft has been making its case to be the dark horse in the race.

The USB-C port can be used for plugging in monitors and other accessories, as well as for charging the Surface Go itself in a pinch. That's less than a similarly configured Surface Go, but the iPad comes with just 32GB of storage for the entry-level model.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad. We've played Minecraft on the Surface Go with not a dip in frame rate.

Bloomberg News reported on Microsoft's new tablet line in May. Windows can be upgraded to a full Windows 10 Pro license, though, which would allow you to install and run any application you wish.

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