Microsoft Goes After Education Market With Surface Go

Microsoft Goes After Education Market With Surface Go

Perhaps because this information leaked out to the public, Microsoft has now officially announced its new tablet as the Microsoft Surface Go and priced it at a very tempting £379.99.

Sales from Microsoft's Surface line increased 32 percent in its most recent quarter, but the series of tablets and laptops still lag behind market leader Apple's iPad and MacBook series (which has faced its own struggles).

In terms of design, the Go moniker looks similar to the standard Surface book with a compact form-factor. It measures 245 x 175 x 8.3 mm and weighs about 512 grams.

The device is a 10-inch screen and 3:2 display with Microsoft claiming it is the "smallest, lightest and most affordable Surface yet".

The Microsoft Surface Go with the Signature Type Cover.

It's believed that the base $399 Surface Go will also start with a configuration of4GB RAM and 64 GB storage, with the top-level Surface Go hitting 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It's called the Surface Go and it retails for $399 (approx Rs 27445) for the 4GB/64GB version and $549 (roughly Rs 37770) for the 8GB/128GB one.

The new Surface Go is a 10in tablet that runs the latest version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating software.

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But just what is the Surface Go?

The Surface Go has a custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display supporting Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps. An LTE model will come out later this year. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device.

The ports on the Surface Go are a Surface Connect port for charging and docking the device, a USB Type-C 3.1 port for data, video as well as charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a micro SD card slot for memory expansion. It has a great hinge that lets it fold out to nearly flat (165-degrees) with the kickstand and you can always flip the keyboard around for full tablet mode when needed.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August.

Other available accessories for Surface Go include a mobile mouse for $34.99 and a $99 Surface Pen you can use to draw or write on the multi-touch (1800x1200) screen - and yes, your older Surface Pen will work here.

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