"Microsoft Surface Go Windows 10 Tablet with 10" Display Launched for $399

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The part doubtless helps to keep the Surface Go's price low, but won't deliver stellar performance.

According to TechRadar's sources and a document partially posted to Reddit, Microsoft's budget Surface tablet could go on sale as soon as Friday 13 July. As for storage, you're looking at 64GB to start, but that can be upgraded on the Surface Go to 128GB or 256GB.

One of the most attractive things about the Surface line of tablets is its keyboard cover attachment. If you take a look at the keyboard, Microsoft has included a trackpad large enough to hold an Olympic-sized swimming pool with full support for gestures as well.

The Surface Go kickstand also utilizes a brand new hinge that allows it to extend 165 degrees so that you can go from tablet mode to studio mode when you want to write or draw on it.

Surface Go also has the ports you need, including Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.

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Microsoft quietly has shifted its goal for Surface hardware from carving out new niches which can be exploited by Microsoft and its OEM partners, to expanding the overall market for Surface. Launches with its own Type Cover and mouse. While we'll have to wait for a review unit to judge for sure, on paper this appears to be true: Surface Go really does seem to be a shrunk-down Surface Pro (in fact, just like the Surface Pro, the Surface Go will get an LTE option later this year). Bloomberg's sources also suggested that this Surface will continue to use Intel processors rather than the ARM SoCs inside the company's past thrusts into the lower-priced tablet space.

Judging by price and size, it's clear that the new Surface Go is a direct competitor to the 9.7-inch 6th generation Apple iPad that retails for slightly less than Microsoft's tablet. Other rumors include the loss of the proprietary Surface connector, in favor of USB-C and "rounded edges".

Microsoft Surface Go is targeted at students and educators, just like the company's Surface 3.

The Surface Go's display supports Microsoft's Surface Pen stylus and can identify 4096 different levels of pressure. At $399, the device is $400 cheaper than the current Surface Pro tablet, but has slower Intel Corp. processors and about four hours less battery time, Microsoft said.

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps. A Wi-Fi-only model will arrive first, with LTE-equipped versions launching later in the year.

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