Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft's $400 Surface Tablet Reportedly Launching This Week

Microsoft's $400 Surface Tablet Reportedly Launching This Week

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It runs a full version of Windows 10.

Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example.

The 10-inch display is sharp, with 1800 x 1200-pixel resolution, and in person, the panel looks a lot more colorful than other cheap 2-in-1s.

The sliver of a document provided by Reddit user UniversalACAdapter doesn't provide any details about the device itself, other than the fact that it will feature a Type Cover (which are portable keyboards for the Surface line).

Microsoft's Surface computers are quite popular, but unfortunately, they are quite expensive too.

When can you buy Surface Go?

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Also like the Surface Pro, Microsoft even managed to squeeze a microSDXC card reader into the Surface Go under the kickstand. This means it'll be more than good enough for browsing the web, watching Netflix, and putting together a PowerPoint presentation.

The base $399 model ships with 64GB of eMMC flash storage and 4GB of RAM, but users can opt for a $549 model that includes 128GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM.

Sadly, Microsoft is still leveraging the floppy keyboard design, meaning you can not use Surface Go comfortably on your lap. Otherwise, you get a single port for USB-C - a new universal standard that replaces the USB slot you might be familiar with.

The Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter. Each of the devices in Microsoft's tweet is set to show that time and date, suggesting we should be paying attention at the crack of dawn tomorrow on the West Coast. It does have a headphone jack, though. But you can upgrade to regular Windows 10 for free, which is what I'd do, because I need to run apps like Chrome, which aren't in the Windows Store.

Microsoft also promised an LTE-enabled version later in 2018. It goes on sale August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Judging by price and size, it's clear that the new Surface Go is a direct competitor to the 9.7-inch 6th generation Apple iPad that retails for slightly less than Microsoft's tablet. As expected, Surface Go supports Windows Hello for secure sign-in using facial recognition. While Apple sold about 44 million iPads in the past four quarters and generated $20 billion in revenue, Microsoft's entire Surface hardware business made only $4.4 billion.

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