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Microsoft stepped up its tablet game by releasing the all-new Surface Go yesterday. The 10-inch Windows tablet looks exactly likes its expensive and popular counterpart, the Surface Pro device. Only smaller, less powerful and way cheaper, starting at $399.

It includes features such as a 10-inch screen, front-facing camera with facial recognition, USB-C 3.1 port, and an integrated kickstand among others.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics

Let’s have a look at the features that make this tablet all the more alluring:


  • Surface Go comes with a  built-in kickstand which includes unlimited positions.
  • It has got corners that are slightly round as compared to the latest Surface Pro and a user familiar magnesium design surface.
  • It weighs 1.15 lbs, making it a bit heavier as compared to the iPad but lighter than the Surface Pro.
  • It consists of large bezels surrounding the screen which provides a place to hold the tablet. You get wider keyboard attachment with these bezels even though they make the tablet look quite dated when compared to the latest versions of the iPad.


  • The Go has a smaller 3:2 aspect ratio display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution).
  • Its 3:2 touchscreen makes it easy for the users to use Go in landscape mode for more productivity.
  • It also supports all the split-screen and multitasking modes that are available in Windows 10.


  • It comes with Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with a RAM of either 4GB or 8GB.
  • It provides storage of 64GB  eMMC or a 128GB SSD.
  • Its processor is a dual-core seventh-generation model. According to Microsoft, this was chosen as it is able to provide the right balance between performance, battery life, and thermal properties which allows for a thin, fanless design.


  • Microsoft Surface Go has a USB-C 3.1 port which is Microsoft’s signature surface connector. This helps charge the tablet along with outputting video and data to external devices.
  • Microsoft says the Surface Go tablet comes with up to nine hours of battery life.

Additional Features

  • Operating System: Go Tablet runs Windows 10 with S mode enabled. With Go, you can access only Edge browser and apps that are available in the Microsoft Store.
  • Keyboard: The Surface Go consists of an additional keyboard cover which is available in four different colors, and can work with an optional Surface Pen. The Surface Go’s Type Cover provides “laptop-class typing” that comes with a scissor-key mechanism as well as 1 mm of key travel.
  • The trackpad is much larger than the trackpad on the current Type Cover for the Surface Pro. If you add the keyboard, it will increase the price of the Go tablet to $99 or $129 ( depending on which color you choose) while the Pen adds another $99.
  • There’s also a new $34.99 Surface Mobile Mouse. It is an ambidextrous, and two-button Bluetooth mouse which comes with a scroll wheel. It is available in colors like silver, red, and blue which matches the keyboard cover and pen.

The new Surface Go is available for pre-order starting today and will start shipping in August.

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