Full availability details for the latest and lightest Surface tablet have been published to Microsoft’s website after a soft launch last night.
We’re learning that the Surface Go is up for pre-orders right now with shipments starting from August 2. The base spec version features 4GB of RAM and a 64GB eMMC drive and costs $399 while the other version currently available has 8GB of RAM and a much faster 128GB solid-state drive and that will go for $549. A third version leaked to have 256GB of storage and LTE capabilities has not been publicized.
If you don’t know already, this 10-inch tablet features the full experience of a Surface tablet: from the PixelSense touch display to the Surface Pen, the versatile hinge for kickstands at any angle to the Alcantara-laced Type Cover. It’s stocked with a Pentium Gold processor for slightly better lightweight computing, though it will come with the Windows apps-only environment of Windows 10 S by default. A free jump to Windows 10 Home is available and there should be an “S Mode” to come along with it if in case a more restrictive workspace is ever needed.
The Surface Go features USB-C, a headphone jack, a Surface Connect port and a microSD slot. Windows Hello will authenticate users through facial recognition on the 5-megapixel selfie camera. Speaking of faces, Dolby Audio-enhanced sound will come at users’ faces with 2W stereo speakers.
All that said, the experience isn’t lock-in-stock. The Surface Go Signature Type Cover, available in four colors, costs an extra $129.99. The Surface Pen, also in the same four colors of cobalt, platinum, gold and burgundy, is $99.99. And the Surface Precision Mouse featured in ad materials costs an extra $99.99.
Everything can be discounted by 10 percent with an educational or military discount, but this new device is clearly in league with the latest generation iPad 9.7 for accessorizing costs.[alert variation=”alert-danger”]Correction: The original version of this article failed to clarify that the Surface Go Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen were not included with the base price of purchase. Pocketnow regrets the omission.[/alert]