Microsoft reveals the $399 Surface Go

Microsoft reveals the $399 Surface Go”

Enter the $399 Surface Go, the company's smallest and cheapest 10-inch tablet.

For normal home consumers, Surface Go will ship with the much-despised "S Mode" of Windows 10 Home, but you can turn off that mode at no cost. For charging and docking, there's Surface Connect and USB Type-C 3.1, as well as a microSD card reader for storage expansion.

It looks like Microsoft is getting ready to introduce a new Surface device.

LTE models and 256GB versions of the Surface Go are slated to go on sale sometime after the August 2 launch of the tablet.

Arriving with Windows S means there is only Edge browser and Microsoft Store for downloads, but you can update to the full Windows 10.

This is a smaller version of the Surface Pro only in that you're getting a smaller device with less power to fit its new dimensions - not one that's smaller in its feature set, too.

Talking of visual appeal, no difference, except of course the size, has been made in the latest edition to Surface series.

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.

Pricing in the $399 for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, or $549 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Other rumors include the loss of the proprietary Surface connector, in favor of USB-C and "rounded edges".

The first major hint toward the Surface Go's intended audience is the rather extreme softening of the edges and angles that Microsoft has applied to the device.

There is also a 5MP selfie camera in front alongside a Windows Hello face sign-in camera so you can log in with facial recognition. The existing Surface Pen works with this device and you can opt for the Type Cover at $99 or a Signature Type Cover at $129.99. It's also extremely thin at 8.3mm and weighs just 1.15 pounds.

As you may recall, Bloomberg broke the news about a coming $400 Surface tablet in May. We last reported the devices cleared the FCC, and have also noted that they could be powered by Intel's low-priced Pentium processor. Windows can be upgraded to a full Windows 10 Pro license, though, which would allow you to install and run any application you wish.

What are the Surface Go specs? Microsoft is claiming the Surface Go will last up to nine hours on a charge.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad.

Preorders have started immediately after the announcement, and the shipping is scheduled for August.

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