Microsoft Surface Go hands on review

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

On the I/O front, it got USB Type-C 3.1, Surface Connect, MicroSD card slot, and 3.5mm audio jack. But while it's not going to appeal to power users, the Surface Go might actually win in its most important battle: taking on the iPad and the new breed of Chrome OS tablets. However, the Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y (which sits just below Core M) should give you plenty of pep for surfing the web, reviewing and marking up documents and checking email.

The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that will only support apps that are available in the Windows app store.

The Surface Go's price is deceptively cheap; with the cost of accessories, the price quickly increases. Too bad the bezels around the screen are so chunky they make the Surface Go's design look a bit dated.

Microsoft tweeted out a provocative image of its current Surface lineup today, teasing that something new is on the way. A $549 version - $599 for commercial buyers - includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Microsoft had developed a smaller Surface years ago.

A petition sponsored by one Zachary Hinski is encouraging anyone who would care a shred about a would-be Windows phone-laptop hybrid to "Show Microsoft the demand for the Surface Phone or Andromeda!".

Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example.

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It runs an Intel Pentium processor.

One notable aspect that differentiates this Surface tablet compared to previous models is the presence of USB-C.

The Surface Go kickstand also utilizes a brand new hinge that allows it to extend 165 degrees so that you can go from tablet mode to studio mode when you want to write or draw on it.

What are the Surface Go specs?

For typing, you'll still need to buy a type cover separately.

The Surface Go's keyboard seen in the photos will be sold separately for $99 or $129 for the Signature Type Cover, which uses a scissor key mechanism and has 1mm of key travel.

In terms of battery life, the Surface Go official numbers are slightly lower than those of the iPad: the Go is said to last up to 9 hours on a single charge, while the iPad can last up to 10 hours. It is in stark contrast with its strategy for the Surface Laptop and the other ill-fated Windows 10 S edition which had "education" all over it.

If you're in Japan, you can order it starting on July 11, in Singapore and Korea on August 2, and in China on August 8.

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