Microsoft unveils new Surface Go, its smallest and cheapest tablet yet

Microsoft unveils new Surface Go, its smallest and cheapest tablet yet

Microsoft unveils new Surface Go, its smallest and cheapest tablet yet

There's a new Surface device from Microsoft that you won't be able to buy if you live in South Africa - the Surface Go tablet.

Microsoft has unveiled the new Surface Go, which is set to compete with the likes of Apple's iPad and Google Chromebooks who hold the majority of the education market. The laptop-tablet hybrid is extremely light, weighing in at only 1.15 pounds.

"Making computing more personal and powerful matters the most to us. the Surface Go represents a new entry point for the Surface family", Onur Altintas, senior product marketing manager for Surface at Microsoft Middle East and Africa, told Khaleej Times in an e-mailed response to queries. The tablet is powered by a 1.6GHz 7th generation Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor coupled with Intel HD 615 GPU.

While $399 is an appealing sum on, well, the surface, especially compared to the base $799 Surface Pro, you can spend more for a model with extra memory and storage; the starting Go model gives you 4GB and 64GB, respectively.

"The power and connectivity in a device this small gives you the style and productivity Surface is known for in a more convenient package", Panay wrote, adding it's flawless for the apps people use for work and school, combined with the flexibility to read, or watch a show on Netflix.

The Redmond company announced the new tablet after a Microsoft Twitter account sent out a teaser Monday with a picture showing four other Surface versions and the tagline "Where will Surface go next?"

But just what is the Surface Go?

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A confirmed list of specs and configurations for the Microsoft Surface Go hasn't yet emerged but, thanks to the announcement blog post, we do know some general top-line specs.

The Surface Go has a custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display supporting Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design.

Microsoft Surface Go has a kickstand like other Surface models.

The Wi-Fi version will be released first with a LTE version coming later this year.

Surface Go supports the Windows Hello feature that lets you use the front-facing camera of the tablet to sign in with your mug. Prices range from US$399 to more than US$549.

Three optional accessories are available for the Surface Go, yet are all sold separately: the Signature Type Cover (from $99), Surface Pen (another $99) and Surface Mobile Mouse ($35).

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