Microsoft Surface Go Announced – Surface quality in a more compact option starting at $399

Microsoft on July 9th, 2018 announced to the world a new member to the Surface family, the Surface Go. The Surface Go is a 10″ tablet and/or 2-in-1 device with optional accessories starting at the attractive price of $399 and light weight of 1.15 pounds not including the Type cover.

The Surface Go comes in (2) basic models:

  • 64GB eMMC storage, Intel 4415Y Pentium Gold processor, and 4 GB RAM -$399
  • 128GB SSD storage, Intel 4415Y Pentium Gold Processor, and 8GB RAM – $549

All models ship with Windows 10 in S mode and a 30-day trial to Microsoft Office 365 Home. Windows 10 running in S mode only allows you to use apps exclusively from the Microsoft Store. You can switch out of S mode and run any native x86/x64 apps if you desire but S mode is enabled out of the box for more secure computing.

You may have noticed that All models ship with the same processor which is a fan-less model. The Intel 4415Y Pentium Gold Processor is a noted improvement over the Intel Atom processors that in the past shipped with similar devices but the big performance enhancement comes from the GPU which is powered by the embedded Intel HD Graphic 615.

The Surface Go features a 10″ PixelSense Display with a resolution of 1800 x 1200 (217 PPI). The display as with all of the currently supported Surface devices, supports 10-point multi-touch and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The expected battery life of the Surface Go is up to 9 hours of video playback. The Surface Go includes a 5 MP front facing camera and an 8 MP rear-facing camera and the device also supports Windows Hello for authentication with your face.

Brand new accessories are also available for the Surface Go including several Signature Type covers starting at $129 for a full keyboard experience and a new Surface Mobile mouse starting at $34.99.

The Surface Go is also compatible with the existing Surface Pens that are available for $99.99.

When it is all said and done if you get the entry level Surface Go ($399) + Surface Pen ($99.99) + Surface Signature Touch Cover ($129.99) you are looking at about $628.98 before tax to enable all of the features and capabilities of the device to make a full well rounded system. But if I was buying today,  I would definitely step up to the model including the 128GB SSD + 8GB ram and that would put the total cost before tax at $778.98. I think this is the better buy to go for if the form factor of the Surface Go is what you are looking for in a new laptop/tablet/hybrid device.

One thing that may irk some buyers, is that the Surface Go only includes 1 x USB-C port and a micro-SDXC card reader. So for many of your existing peripherals if you decide to connect them to the Surface Go, you will need a dongle to convert from USB-C to USB-A, or USB-C to HDMI, or USB-C to [X] …. you get the idea. The alternative solution, if you will be using the device mostly at a desk is to pick up a Surface docking station.