Microsoft Teases New Surface Device

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Microsoft has officially confirmed the release of the Surface Go, its new budget 2-in-1 device aimed at students and those looking for an ultra-portable and versatile laptop.

The Surface Go is a decent little device, but it's more suited to competing with the likes of Apple's iPad than it is with the Surface Pro. While the IDC figures include Surface models with detachable keyboards (Surface Book, Surface Pro), it does not include sales of the Surface Laptop or Surface Studio all-in-one PC. The new addition to the family weighs only 1.15lbs and is 8.3mm thin, offering ultimate Windows portability in a small package.

More than anything, the Surface Go seems like Microsoft's direct response to Apple's entry-level $329 iPad, though it's slightly lighter and a bit thicker than Apple's machine. The Surface Go Signature Type Cover is custom-made for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and exceptional key travel.

The Surface Go runs Intel's dual-core 7th-gen Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. Aesthetics-wise, it's hard to tell apart from its Surface siblings, but it's got a smaller chip, a somewhat less powerful processor, but can still run Windows 10 Pro.

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There has been speculation over the past few weeks that Microsoft would be announcing a number of new Surface devices.

It's the price tag that will make it more appealing for many people, shaving several hundred dollars off the price of the latest version of the Surface Pro, which starts at $799.

Things are however all too familiar from the design point of view, with the Surface Go having the same iconic rear hinge arrangement that is typical of all Surface devices. The Surface Go comes with 2 Watt stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. It has different ports, including Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion. The $34.99 Surface Mobile Mouse rounds off the official list of accessories Microsoft has come up for the Surface Go. It has a great hinge that lets it fold out to nearly flat (165-degrees) with the kickstand and you can always flip the keyboard around for full tablet mode when needed. It goes on sale on August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity. The most affordable model comes in at £379 ($399 in the US), and there's also a more expensive version at £510 ($549), which comes with more RAM and storage.

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