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Microsoft Launches Its Cheapest "Surface Go" Tablet; Priced At $399

Microsoft Launches Its Cheapest

With 1 millimeter of travel and LED backlighting, Microsoft says the Surface Go offers the best typing experience ever in a Surface.

From our perspective here at T3.com, the Surface Go looks like it could be a killer new product for Microsoft and, priced as it is, it is a very aggressive foray into Apple's computing tablet territory, which it continues to dominate right now with its new iPad and iPad Pro.

Finally, we should note that the Surface Go is not now offered with 4G LTE support and you can only get a Wi-Fi one, while iPads are offered in both styles. PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio?

The Surface Go also features a USB-C port and a micro SD expansion slot. Microsoft has also stated that their intelligent charging can fully charge a Surface Go from 0-100% in 2 hours and provide up to 9 hours of video playback in a single charge.

Available for pre-order in selected markets starting from today onwards, the 4GB/64GB version of the device will go for United States dollars 399 (about RM 1604) while the 8GB/128GB model is listed at USD 549 (about RM 2206).

The Surface is bundled with their signature built-in kickstand with unlimited positions, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft's proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock.

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Production is expected to begin two to three years after that with an eventual goal of 500,000 vehicles output annually. Tesla's lone car-assembly plant is in Fremont, California, with a giant battery factory in neighbouring Nevada.

Arriving with Windows S means there is only Edge browser and Microsoft Store for downloads, but you can update to the full Windows 10. And because the Surface Go is a tablet, it's both more portable than any Mac, plus it has a touchscreen.

Surface Go is running Windows 10 Home in S mode (which you can turn off for free), though schools will be able to purchase the Surface Go with Windows 10 Pro via commercial channels for an extra $50. For example, Microsoft has included a Near Field sensor on the device that can be used to scan RFID tags by first line workers - after all, Microsoft is targeting its enterprise customers with the Go, as well as casual consumers and its education customers. Considering the physical form of the Surface Go first, it is headlined as being the smallest and lightest Surface yet.

It's finally here: Microsoft's fourth attempt at releasing a miniaturized Surface tablet. The 10-inch screen is nearly a full inch smaller. The detachable 2-in-1 tablet uses an optional Type Cover keyboard that costs $99. Just remember that Alcantara stains easily.

"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface.

Available in 4GB RAM / 64GB storage, 8/128, 8/128 LTE and 8/256 LTE SKUs, but I don't think all of them will come out in one go.

Since it's a Surface device, it will also work with tools like the Surface Dial and Surface Pen. The Surface Go clocks off after nine - and that's the always-optimistic claim in the marketing blurb. Well, given the starting price point, anyone on the move, really.