"Starting at $399 MSRP (£379.99), it represents a new entry point for the Surface family, while keeping the premium qualities that have come to define it". That changed with the reveal of the Surface Go.
Rumors of a new, low-end device have been making the rounds for a few months now.
The Surface Go is 8.3mm thin and weighs 1.15 pounds. Surface Go comes with 64GB eMMC and 128GB or 256GB SSD storage options. A $549 version has 8GB/128GB. We can't find an apples-to-apples comparison between the Pentium 4415Y and the Atom x7-8700, but Anandtech's Bench has results for the Surface 3 against the original Surface Pro, and the original SP leads by a substantial margin in virtually every test. However, the screen isn't great, and you get only 2GB of RAM.
Microsoft's Surface computers are quite popular, but unfortunately, they are quite expensive too. Given its processor, the Windows device will likely do fine with word processing, web access, and similar low-demand tasks. This can be disabled for free, likewise, commercial SKUs with Windows 10 Pro can be configured to enable S Mode for free.
Of course, it's simplistic to say Apple only dominates in the consumer market (many startups swear by the Apple MacBook), and Microsoft certainly makes plenty of apps everyday folks use, such as Skype. Not a huge difference, but possibly noticeable.
The built-in kickstand (something the iPad lacks) gives you 165 degrees of freedom along with just the right amount of friction. This possibly accounts for the additional weight. It does have a headphone jack, though.
Battery life is rated at 9 hours, which is a bit short compared to the marathon batteries in more recent Surface devices, but we'll have to see how that holds up in real world use.
Microsoft late Monday added a smaller sibling to its Surface line of tablets - the Surface Go.
But the tablet space is nowadays essentially owned by the iPad. The black one will cost $99, while the Alcantara Type Covers will be $129. This is a 10-inch tablet with optional keyboard cover and stylus and it costs from $399.
Make no mistake, Microsoft's Surface business in total is still a fraction of Apple's enormous hardware revenues. According to Microsoft, the digital pen is capable of recognizing up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that will only support apps that are available in the Windows app store.
The Surface Go can be pre-ordered as from 10 July in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.