Microsoft has a new, super-small $400 Surface tablet, and it’s taking on the iPad and the MacBook Air at the same time (MSFT, AAPL)


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The Microsoft Surface Go is a teeny-tiny laptop/tablet hybrid with a 10-inch screen, clocking in at just 1.15 pounds.
Pricing for the Surface Go starts at $400, but you’ll probably also need the keyboard type cover, which starts at $99.
It’s powerful enough for most day-to-day computing tasks, but don’t expect it to be a gaming powerhouse or a video-editing monster.
It runs a full version of Windows 10. Microsoft says this makes it more functional than an Apple iPad, while still being more versatile and flexible than an Apple MacBook.

Meet the Microsoft Surface Go, a teeny-tiny new 1.15-pound laptop/tablet hybrid with a 10-inch screen that can fit in a handbag, fanny pack, or maybe even a particularly deep pocket.

Surface Go pricing starts at $400, but don’t be fooled: Just as with the bigger, more powerful Surface Pro, you’re going to want Microsoft’s specially-made $99 keyboard cover to get the most out of the Surface Go. In other words, you’re looking at $500, all-in, for the Surface Go setup you really want. You’ll be able to buy it August 2nd.

I got to play with one, briefly, a few weeks ago, and my first impression is that Microsoft has done a good job shrinking its Surface Pro form factor into something more portable, but still incredibly usable and comfortable to type on.

Under the hood, Microsoft says Surface Go owners can expect about as much computing power as 2014’s Surface Pro 3. This means it’ll be more than good enough for browsing the web, watching Netflix, and putting together a PowerPoint presentation. Maybe don’t expect to play “Fortnite” with the graphics settings cranked way up, though.

It runs an Intel Pentium processor. The base model has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of hard drive space, while a more expensive model, starting at $549, will have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of hard drive space.

Microsoft further claims that the Surface Go gets 9 hours of battery life, which comes with the caveat that this was tested by playing a video file that was stored on the device. It also includes facial login by way of Microsoft’s Windows Hello system, similar to Apple’s FaceID, as well as a MicroSD card slot to expand its storage.

In terms of ports, the Surface Go is more limited than its larger brethren. It includes Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect port, which is mostly used for charging but …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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