This is Microsoft’s $400 Surface Go

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The information comes from an alleged internal Microsoft document that leaked to a Surface subreddit.

The new US$399 "Surface Go" has a ten-inch screen and comes in a tablet form factor.

Surface Go with Wi-Fi will be available for pre-order tomorrow, July 10 in select countries*, with products beginning to hit shelves on August 2. As for storage, you're looking at 64GB to start, but that can be upgraded on the Surface Go to 128GB or 256GB.

It's been rumored for a long time now that Microsoft was working on a tinier Surface: Microsoft released the 10.8-inch Surface 3 back in 2015, but there hasn't been anything even sort of like it since.

Microsoft's Surface computers are quite popular, but unfortunately, they are quite expensive too. The Surface Go also features only the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor as opposed to earlier benchmarks that displayed it with both the Silver and Gold variants.

"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface", Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog announcing the device. The Type Cover's keys, similar in size to shrunken HP Mini netbooks of a decade ago, were comfortable and could be typed on with big adult fingers.

Based on my brief time with it, the Surface Go's Type Cover feels just as comfortable as its larger siblings.

The Surface Go has all the trademark features of the Surface Pro, from a standard kickstand on the rear to a magnesium design.

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It's also touted as running on a Pentium Gold processor at its top end and support for Windows 10 Pro.

In May, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft was working on low-priced 10-inch tablet to compete with Apple's iPad. It is also equipped with a USB-C 3.1 port.

Available in 4GB RAM / 64GB storage, 8/128, 8/128 LTE and 8/256 LTE SKUs, but I don't think all of them will come out in one go.

With a $399 starting price, the new device is a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro's $799.

What might this new Surface device offer? Yeah, it should work well on a table or desk, but this is a portable machine - you don't always have a flat surface when on the go.

The Go will run Windows 10 with S mode enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft App Store.

The lightweight, 1.15-pound Surface Go - about twice as big as many smartphones - is created to be portable, but Microsoft has also developed accessories to give it more of a laptop feel.


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