Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Microsoft appears to tease Surface announcement for July 10

Microsoft appears to tease Surface announcement for July 10

Microsoft once had a similar entry level 10-inch tablet, the Surface 3, but the new one is more powerful and cheaper (the Surface 3 launched at $499). It is a lightweight tablet weighing 1.15 lbs which makes it 31% lighter than the large-sized Surface Pro model. Just like the existing Surface Pro that was released past year, users have to purchase Surface Pen and Type Cover separately. The tablet sports a 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense display (1800x1200 pixels). Microsoft claims to have improved the display for pen support, allowing for features such as tilt support for shading.

The built-in kickstand (something the iPad lacks) gives you 165 degrees of freedom along with just the right amount of friction. Just don't expect to see Microsoft's zany folding dual-screen Surface Andromeda handheld - apparently, that project may be in danger now.

In order to compare the new Surface Go to the iPad, let's first take a look at the families of Surface devices and iPads to understand which iPad should we compare it to. Now its time for Microsoft to bring a Windows 10 alternative to the $399 Apple iPad. The company posted a slightly enigmatic tweet on its Surface account today that asks "Where will Surface go next?"

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.

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One interesting addition on the Surface Go is a Near Field Sensor.

Surface Go being used at home. This is because the company acknowledges that finding the cursor on a smaller screen is simply that much harder.

While the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage costs $399, the high-end variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is priced at $549. The 256GB configuration does not yet have a price tag.

The Surface Go should provide plenty of endurance.

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However, Microsoft's iconic backlit keyboard cover will be sold separately, and you need to shell another $99 for it. Surface Go also supports Surface Stylus Pen, which is another $99. So if you want to use the Surface as a laptop - and most people will - you're looking at spending at least $499.

If you're not keen on trackpads, Microsoft is producing a two-button Surface Mobile Mouse ($35) that connects via Bluetooth and features a scroll wheel.

The Surface Go may start at $399, but you can easily spend hundreds more if you add crucial functionality like a keyboard, more RAM, and extra storage.

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