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Meet the All-New Microsoft Surface Go

Meet the newest (and most affordable) member of the Surface lineup.
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Billed as a smaller, lighter and more affordable version of the Surface Pro, the new Microsoft Surface Go is officially available for pre-order starting July 11 — but is it the best device for you? And how does it compare with the iPad? We're taking a closer look at the latest laptop-meets-tablet to help you decide if it suits your needs and is worth your hard-earned cash.

The Microsoft Surface Go: Small, Light & Affordable

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Approximately the size of a composition notebook, the new 10-inch Surface Go is ultra-portable and weighs in at just 1.15 lbs. Essentially built just like the Surface Pro — a tablet connected to a detachable keyboard — this versatile touchscreen runs Microsoft Office and comes with Windows 10 in S mode to accommodate just about every app available in the Microsoft Store. The Surface Go also boasts up to nine hours of battery life and support for a number of different accessories. In other words, it combines the performance of a laptop with the portability of a tablet for the best of both worlds — and all this starts at just $399.

Microsoft Surface Go Full Specifications

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From software to hardware, here's what you'll get with the Microsoft Surface Go:

  • Software: Windows 10 in S mode; Microsoft Office 365 Home 30-day trial
  • Dimensions: 9.65" x 6.90" x 0.33"
  • Weight: Starting at 1.15 lbs (522 g), not including Type Cover
  • Storage: 64 GB eMMC drive; 128GB solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Display: 10" PixelSense display screen; 1800 x 1200 (217 PPI) resolution; 3:2 aspect ratio; 1500:1 contrast ratio; 10-point multi-touch
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y
  • Memory: 4GB or 8GB RAM
  • Wireless: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible Wi-Fi; Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
  • Connections: 1 x USB-C; 3.5 mm headphone jack; 1 x Surface Connect port; Surface Type Cover port; microSDXC card reader; compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction
  • Cameras, video, and audio: 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video; 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video; single microphone; 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615

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How Much Does the Microsoft Surface Go Cost?

Shoppers can currently choose between the following versions:

  • 64GB / Intel 4415Y / 4GB RAM for $399 ($379.05 with special pricing)
  • 128GB / Intel 4415Y / 8GB RAM for $549 ($521.55 with special pricing)

Both of these are eligible for pre-order now and will become available on Aug. 2. You'll get free shipping and free returns through the Microsoft site. Additionally, special pricing is available for students, parents, teachers and members of the military.

While the list price is pretty reasonable, keep in mind that the optional Surface Pen ($99), Surface Go Type Cover ($99 to $129) and Surface Mobile Mouse with Bluetooth connectivity ($34.99) are all sold separately.

Of course, there's a high potential for future price drops given the history of Microsoft/Slickdeals rebates, so bookmark our Microsoft Store page and set a Deal Alert to be the first to know about any special discounts.

How Does the Microsoft Surface Go Compare to Other Devices?

Microsoft Surface Go

As you can see, this tiny but mighty travel companion is super light and thin (it's only 8.3 mm thick and can fit inside most bags with ease.) But don't let its small size fool you — the Surface Go can manage up to nine hours of continuous use. Additionally, though Intel Pentium processors aren't typically known for their speediness, the Surface Go is rumored to perform better than expected, without the lag you might normally see from this sort of budget processor. That being said, its substantially lower price is indicative of a few trade-offs. If you're weighing your options, here's how it compares to the Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface Pro.

Surface Go vs. Apple iPad

The Surface Go's main competitor is the Apple iPad, which has a smaller 9.7-inch screen and weighs less at 1.03 lbs. Furthermore, the iPad has a lower MSRP of just $329. While the iPad has a higher screen resolution and a slightly better battery life claim, there are some areas where Microsoft's latest device has it beat.

With the Surface Go, you're getting 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is double that of the iPad. Plus, it includes a microSD slot (something the iPad sorely lacks) and a USB-C 3.1 port that eliminates the need for an adapter. You also can't get facial recognition on the iPad as of yet, which the Surface Go has courtesy of Windows Hello.

Surface Go vs. Surface Pro

Of course, with Surface Go's bigger sibling, you're going to get better performance from many key areas. Surface Pro has a significantly longer battery life, larger screen and resolution, and the potential for an Intel i7 processor.

Check out our Surface Pro review for a more detailed look at its features.

Surface Pro also runs a full version of Windows 10 as opposed to Surface Go's Windows S mode, which hasn't exactly proven itself a crowd-pleaser. The "streamlined" S mode only supports apps you can download directly from the Microsoft Store, which means you can't install popular third-party programs or use Google Chrome as your default browser.

On the plus side, you're still getting the built-in kickstand, headphone jack and a front-facing camera with the Surface Go. It also includes Microsoft’s Surface Connector port for charging and docking, plus the microSD card reader for extra storage as needed.

How to Pre-Order the Surface Go

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The new Surface Go with Wi-Fi is now available for pre-order from Microsoft.com or through your local Microsoft Store.

Look for this new addition to the Surface family to begin hitting shelves on August 2nd. Additionally, the LTE model is expected to arrive later this year for those who require an on-the-go cellular solution.

What do you think, Slickdealers? Is this a potential iPad-killer, or are you less than impressed? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

Video and images courtesy of Microsoft.



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The fact that Windows 10 S is just basically Windows RT Reincarnated is gonna really hurt, if not kill this thing. Just saying.
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The fact that Windows 10 S is just basically Windows RT Reincarnated is gonna really hurt, if not kill this thing. Just saying.
It's not as bad as RT. You can just go into the store and switch it to the full version of Windows
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I keep seeing articles referring to this as the "iPad Killer", but being the owner of a Windows tablet, an iPad, and an Android tablet myself, I can say with certainty that this is a fantasy. The Microsoft app store is severely lacking in apps, and the only available web browser in S mode is Edge. There is no Youtube app, none of my messaging apps or music streaming apps are there. Windows updates are a pain, and troubleshooting the multitude of issues in Windows is only easy because I've worked in Windows for so long. It works FANTASTICALLY if you need a Windows device in a small package that can run Win32 apps and games, but if you want it to do day-to-day tablet tasks, it's going to end up in a drawer.

The only viable alternative to iPads right now would be an Android tablet, but consumers have already run most of those out of the market due to crappy update support from even the biggest brands, and the general laggyness that they get over time without a factory reset. My iPad lasted so long that I feel Apple may be competing with themselves to get people to buy new ones.

In the end, I'm actually interested in this device and I'm really happy to see Microsoft bring back the smaller Surface lineup. If I were looking for a cheap Windows tablet to perform regular Windows tasks, I would probably make the jump in price to get the quality and warranty Microsoft provides with this.
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Lesley, great review!
A week ago, i bought my mom-in-law a surface pro 5 with free keyboard cover.

It costs me 799 dollars plus tax.

let's do a math. The pro5 is a 8GM RAM 128 SSD with a free keyboard cover, don't even mention the i5 processor.

The surface go with 8GB Ram 128 SSD costs 529, and you need to get the keyboard cover tat cost you 129 === 658

Give me a reason to choose the Surface GO?

To help Ms GET MORE MONEY?
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Lesley, great review!
A week ago, i bought my mom-in-law a surface pro 5 with free keyboard cover.

It costs me 799 dollars plus tax.

let's do a math. The pro5 is a 8GM RAM 128 SSD with a free keyboard cover, don't even mention the i5 processor.

The surface go with 8GB Ram 128 SSD costs 529, and you need to get the keyboard cover tat cost you 129 === 658

Give me a reason to choose the Surface GO?

To help Ms GET MORE MONEY?
Unless you want the smaller lighter form factor there's no reason to get the Go over the deal you bought for your mother in law. But you're comparing a sale price to a newly released product at regular price. If you take regular prices it would be $799 + $129 for the Surface Pro ($928) and $529 + $99 for the Go ($628). The keyboard for the Go is $99 not $129.

*edit* The regular price for the Surface Pro model that you got is actually $999. You got a really good deal! Your mother in law will love it!
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Unless you want the smaller lighter form factor there's no reason to get the Go over the deal you bought for your mother in law. But you're comparing a sale price to a newly released product at regular price. If you take regular prices it would be $799 + $129 for the Surface Pro ($928) and $529 + $99 for the Go ($628). The keyboard for the Go is $99 not $129.

*edit* The regular price for the Surface Pro model that you got is actually $999. You got a really good deal! Your mother in law will love it!
true. the price should be 1149 dollars, but we got it 799.
And she loves it
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The fact that Microsoft clearly didn't learn their lesson with Windows RT is absolutely hilarious.
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