After teasing it first on Twitter, Microsoft launches Surface Go, the newest member of the Surface family.
The Surface Go is meant to compete with Apple’s cheaper iPads, and with a retail price starting at “only” USD 399, it’s priced to do exactly that. But what about specs?
Let’s examine. The Surface Go comes with the entry level Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, with is well suited for this type of device and should be to handle well any type of daily (light) tasks you throw at it.
The cheapest model comes will set you back USD 399, and for that, you get 4 GB of RAM and a very respectable 64 GB of storage. Throw in an optional keyboard that costs USD 99, and you’ll be paying around USD 500. If you also need a stylus for creative tasks, add another USD 99 to the total.
If you want a memory and storage upgrade, there will be a model at USD 549 that will have a total of 8 GB of RAM and an impressive 256 GB of storage, which means you end up paying USD 749 for most complete configuration. That’s a lot of money for a device that has a mere 10-inch screen, but if portability and weight is an absolute must, then it’s not a bad deal.
Speaking of measurements, the Surface Go has a thickness of 8.3 mm and weighs only 1.15 pounds (520 gr).
The Surface Go’s display can register 4096 different levels of pressure, has a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1800 x 1200. Connectivity wise you have the choice between Microsoft’s own Surface Connect port or the USB-C 3.1 port.
Software-wise the Surface Go comes with Windows 10 S, which is a watered down version of Windows 10 Home. The big difference is that the S version only allows applications downloaded from the Windows Store. This limitation improves security, performance and battery life, at least so claims Microsoft. If this sounds bad, no problem, the Surface Go comes with a free upgrade to the full version of Windows 10.
It’s interesting to see Microsoft expanding the reach of the Surface family, with this time filling the gap int he budget space. The Surface Go seems to be a viable alternative for Apple’s entry-level iPad offering, but then with more RAM, Storage, connectivity, and a native keyboard with a trackpad.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a compact, entry-level laptop, there are better, more powerful options out there. The Surface Go only really makes sense if you need the power it offers in a VERY compact format.
Pricing and Availability
USD 399 for the 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD version and USD 549 for the 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD version. USD 99 for the keyboard, USD 99 for the stylus pen. Available early August 2018.