Microsoft teases a possible Surface launch tomorrow morning

Microsoft teases a possible Surface launch tomorrow morning

Technology giant Microsoft's has introduced the new Surface Go tablet computer which is a compact, smaller and less powerful version of the its Surface Pro device.

The new Surface Go has the same 3:2 aspect ratio of other Surface slates, with Microsoft's iconic kickstand that lets the tablet open up to a huge 165 degrees.

Talking of visual appeal, no difference, except of course the size, has been made in the latest edition to Surface series. The company says the Go has up to nine hours of battery life as a result.

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). And although details have been slim, the reports had suggested that the company's pricing would start at around $399.

The Surface Go will go up for pre-order from July 10 in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and other important markets. Just don't expect to see Microsoft's zany folding dual-screen Surface Andromeda handheld - apparently, that project may be in danger now. The Surface Pen can be used with the Go (for another $99), and Microsoft also unveiled a new ambidextrous mouse that rings in at a lower $35.

Specifically, it will ship with Windows 10 Home in S Mode although a commercial variant will ship with Windows 10 Pro.

Finally, the Surface Book when paired with its Type cover gives a more hands-on approach for working when compared to a standalone iPad.

Better yet, Microsoft has managed to deliver full-sized keys (now with more pronounced bowled edges) within such a small amount of space, and has included a glass trackpad that's larger in depth than that of the Surface Pro. 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. Specifically, with firstline workers or the education segment, this makes it easier to afford these devices but know that they do not come with a Type cover or a pen. A version with 4G LTE broadband will be available later in the year. There's 4GB RAM and 128GB of SSD as a minimum for $399, or for an additional $150 you can grab 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD at $549 total.

It'll be notable if the tablet does have a USB-C port, since previous Surface tablets required a proprietary Microsoft adapter for charging and data. Now its time for Microsoft to bring a Windows 10 alternative to the $399 Apple iPad. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it. This could work in Microsoft's favor in some ways because it might indicate that buyers are bored with what's now on offer and something new might reinvigorate sales.

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