Microsoft unveils smaller, cheaper Surface tablet

Sales from Microsoft's Surface line increased 32 percent in its most recent quarter, but the series of tablets and laptops still lag behind market leader Apple's iPad and MacBook series (which has faced its own struggles).

Weighing in at 520 grams and just 8.3mm thick, the new Surface Go from Microsoft represents the company's lightest and most affordable Surface product yet.

Moving to the internal elements, an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y is the go-to processor for the Surface Go.

It's believed that the base $399 Surface Go will also start with a configuration of4GB RAM and 64 GB storage, with the top-level Surface Go hitting 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.

Resource MsPowerUser reports on the submission of budget Microsoft Surface Go for the price of $ 400 on 13 July.

Microsoft in 2015 released a US$499 Surface 3 tablet, but discontinued the product in 2016. Given that the Surface Go is meant to be carried around as the name suggests, a strong battery life is a must have. Both the model are Wi-Fi enables with the LTE models slated to come up later.

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The display supports input through Surface Pen with up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

And crucially, the Surface Go's £380 price tag makes it almost £370 cheaper than its range-topping sibling.

The keyboard on the Go really impressed us enough that we'd happily say it's the best 10-inch keyboard we've ever used, but at that form-factor, it's just not as comfortable over long periods as the larger, but arguably inferior quality, Pro keyboard.

It also boasts a built-in kickstand with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees helping consumers transform the device from tablet to studio mode, and a Windows Hello camera allows for familiar, quick, and secure sign-in using face recognition. In terms of connectivity, the device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB type C port for charging and data syncing and a micro SD card slot for storage expansion.

The Surface Go Signature Type Cover offers a keyboard and a trackpad, converting the tablet into a mini portable laptop setup.

Three optional accessories are available for the Surface Go, yet are all sold separately: the Signature Type Cover (from $99), Surface Pen (another $99) and Surface Mobile Mouse ($35). The Surface Go is an intriguing low-priced detachable for travelers, education buyers, and others who want to launch into Microsoft's well-made, attractive Surface 2-in-1s on a tight budget.

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