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.