Microsoft Surface Go launched with $399 pricing

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The new Surface Go is a 10-inch Windows tablet that looks like the Surface Pro, but with prices starting at $399 (roughly Rs. 27,400).

With an 1800 x 1200 10-inch PixelSense Display, the Surface Go is Microsoft's smallest Surface yet.

Even in such a diminutive state, Microsoft managed to cram a USB-C 3.1 port and microSD card reader into the Surface Go, neither of which the latest iPad has.

Starting tomorrow, you can pre-order the Surface Go tablet in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

Surface Go will be released August 2, and an LTE version will follow later this year, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog post.

Inside the fanless Surface Go you will find a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y.

Microsoft will ship the Surface Go with Windows 10 S mode for consumers, but you can switch to Windows 10 without an issue, and Windows 10 Pro for commercial users.

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By lowering the entry level pricing of the Surface family to $399, this opens the door to more usage scenarios where I higher-powered device is not needed.

Recent reports claim that Microsoft has developed new $400 Surface tablets to compete with the iPad as well as with Chromebooks that dominate the education sector. One can, however, upgrade to a 128 or 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM by paying extra.

Microsoft had developed a smaller Surface years ago.

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. In September, the tablet will be available for pre-order in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain on September 12, and in India on October 2.

Microsoft's Surface computers are quite popular, but unfortunately, they are quite expensive too. It is equipped with a front camera with facial recognition technology. The new 10-inch tablet is available now for pre-order in the US and several other countries and is priced competitively to the iPad Mini, with a $399 price tag for the 64-GB storage option, and $549 for a 128-GB version. The Go weighs 1.15 lbs, a little heavier than the iPad, but also about half a pound lighter than the beefier Surface Pro.

What are the Surface Go specs? Microsoft says its hardware choices deliver a battery life of up to 9 hours.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad. The Microsoft Surface Go will cost customers $399 excluding Keyboard which will be priced at $99 or $129 (Alcantara).

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