Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Microsoft's $400 surface tablet might be here soon

Microsoft's $400 surface tablet might be here soon

The new lightweight Surface Go - about twice as big as many smartphones - is created to be portable.

Low (er) cost 399 bucks Microsoft Surface tablet to be released July, Friday the 13th - 07/09/2018 05:50 PMAah Microsoft, you never had good fortune with the Surface, and now they will release a "budget" version this Friday, the 13th. While there are a few countries where it will arrive later this year, there is no clarity on whether the Surface Go will make it to India.

It's been rumored for a long time now that Microsoft was working on a tinier Surface: Microsoft released the 10.8-inch Surface 3 back in 2015, but there hasn't been anything even sort of like it since.

Microsoft has not yet provided official prices for the United Kingdom and Australia, but we will update this news as soon as we hear back from the company. In regards to ports, it has a surface Connect which allows for USB-C, as well as a headphone jack (hurray!) and a MicroSDXC card reader.

Previously, rumours had suggested at a new, cheaper Surface tablet would be coming to market around the second half of 2018. The Type Cover adds another 0.5 pounds to the Go's weight, but the combined system still feels light and easy to hold. The improved keyboard features are available on the Surface Go Signature Type Cover.

The Surface Go that features an inbuilt kickstand looks like a smaller edition of the Surface Pro. 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 will be pitted against Apple's $329 iPad. The USB-C 3.1 port can be used for charging as well as data transfer.

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On a final note, some Microsoft fans are sure to be disappointed by the reveal of the Surface Go.

The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that will only run apps found in the Microsoft Store - a walled-garden approach much in the same vein as Apple.

Like Microsoft's earlier devices, the Surface Go will work with optional keyboards and mouses.

The entry-level Surface Go (4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage) sells for $399, while the next step up (8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage) costs $549.

Microsoft's budget Surface tablet is allegedly meant to land at around $400 (about £300), making for a significant price difference from the £650+ Surface Pro range. Each of these models come in Wi-Fi-only network configurations.

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