Microsoft's smaller, more affordable Surface tablet is now shipping to customers. Unveiled earlier this month, the Surface Go is a 10-inch tablet that weighs a scant 1.15 pounds, making it the smallest and lightest Surface to date. Best of all, it won't smack you in the wallet or purse—pricing starts at a reasonable $399 for the entry-level configuration
"Surface Go marks an important inflection point in our Surface journey... At only 1.15 pounds, Surface Go gives you the versatility and portability of a tablet, the performance of a laptop and the option of smartphone-like LTE connectivity, all in a single, compact device. Surface Go empowers you to stay connected, pursue your passions and tackle your side projects without weighing you down or compromising on quality," Microsoft says.
The 10-inch tablet has an 1800x1200 resolution (3:2 aspect ratio), down from the Surface Pro's 2736x1824 resolution. Underneath the hood, it rocks an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, which is a 2-core/4-thread chip clocked at 1.6GHz, with 2MB of L3 cache and a 6W TDP (configurable down to 4.5W).
Microsoft's entry-level SKU also boasts 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. For users who need a bit more RAM and storage, there is a $549 SKU that doubles both, to 8GB and 128GB, respectively.
These configurations are obviously not as powerful as the higher end Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, and Surface Book, but with a starting price of $399, the Surface Go is several hundred dollars less. Even the higher end SKU costs less than most flagship smartphones, if you want to think of it that (not an apples to apples comparison, of course).
We do not have a Surface Go on hand just yet. However, the reviews around the web are very favorable so far. The Verge called it "an overachiever," and Gizmodo classified it as "a nearly perfect budget PC." Talk about high praise.
If you are interested in a Surface Go, just head over to the Microsoft Store and select your SKU. One thing to note is that these are the Wi-Fi models; versions with LTE connectivity will be available at a later date.