Microsoft announces Surface Go: "The most portable and affordable Surface product yet"

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Microsoft's cheaper Surface tablet has finally gone official after weeks of speculation.

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). Added to this is an 8.3 mm thin design, and a device that tips the scale at 521.6 grams sans detachable keyboard cover. But, the new "Signature Type Cover, is custom-made just for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with an ergonomic key pitch and exceptional key travel". The Surface Go is powered by a dual-core, four-thread Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y chip.

The Surface Go has been priced $399 which applies to the base version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD storage.

Finding Microsoft's Surface devices too expensive (they are, in fact), Satya Nadella and Co have just decided to make their signature machine one for all. What Microsoft aims to provide with the Surface Go is productivity on the move while still maintaining an extremely portable form factor and a slim profile. Prices range from US$399 to more than US$549.

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All well and good, but what exactly is the Surface Go?

On Monday, the company teased the upcoming product with a tweet that said "Where will Surface go next?"

"The Microsoft Surface Go runs on Windows 10 S operating system and sports a 10" PixelSense display with 1800×1200 pixels resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps.

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In terms of connectivity, the Pro shows its age a little by offering a traditional USB-A 3.0 port, alongside amicroSDXC card reader, miniDisplayPort output, Surface port for power, and a headphone jack.

Worth noting: The first Surface Go to hit the market will be Wi-Fi only; a cellular LTE model comes later, at an undisclosed price. It also has high precision tuning and Windows Precision Trackpad that supports 5 point multi-finger gestures, and you can connect the new Surface Mobile Mouse to work the way that you want.

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.

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