Microsoft unveils 10-inch Surface Go for $399

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That Apple has offered up an even cheaper version of the iPad in the wake of a stagnating tablet market has likely lit even more of a fire under Microsoft.

At first glance, the 1.15-pound Surface Go appears simply to be the Surface Pro shrunken down by 2.3 inches on the diagonal, and that's largely true - excellent kickstand and all. As with other Surface tablets, Surface Go supports the Type Cover detachable keyboard-covers, though because of its new smaller size, it'll need new smaller Type Covers.

As you may recall, Bloomberg broke the news about a coming $400 Surface tablet in May. A version with 4G LTE broadband will be available later in the year. While Microsoft clearly has at least one eye on the education market with the Surface Go, it's not aiming there exclusively; Surface Go is also being positioned as a fine home device or a business tool. This gold processor is the big question mark in the whole Surface Go idea as we are yet to see whether it will be powerful enough to drive demanding Windows applications. Its performance wasn't unbelievable, but it was good enough for most common productivity tasks. Maybe don't expect to play "Fortnite" with the graphics settings cranked way up, though. The Microsoft Surface Go features Intel's Pentium Gold 4115Y processor, that's clocked at 1.6GHz with a 6W TDP.

The base model of the Surface Go that includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD carries a price tag of $399.

How much does the Surface Go cost?

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562g body with USB-C and microSD. This is in addition to the Surface Connector which can also be used for charging purposes and connecting the Surface desktop dock. The Surface Go clocks off after nine - and that's the always-optimistic claim in the marketing blurb. It does have a headphone jack, though.

The Go will run Windows 10 with S mode enabled, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft App Store.

In the future, versions of Surface Go with integrated LTE and 256GB SSDs will be added to the line-up. As expected, Surface Go supports Windows Hello for secure sign-in using facial recognition.

Microsoft had developed a smaller Surface years ago. Thankfully, Microsoft today announces a new computer that puts Surface in reach of more people. Microsoft has kept the rather large bezels, but a Microsoft representative said this was a design choice as it makes it easier to hold the Surface Go without your fingers getting in the way of the screen. And because the Surface Go is a tablet, it's both more portable than any Mac, plus it has a touchscreen.