For one, it's more versatile than the latest generation of iPads, especially with the track pad in the optional keyboard. The power and connectivity in a device this small gives you the style and productivity Surface is known for in a more convenient package. Based on my impressions, this is a well-made tablet that weighs just 1.15 pounds. But, honestly, there isn't much serious Android competition these days, especially now Apple has addressed the main reason someone might have looked elsewhere: price. The Surface Go comes with a 10-inch display with 1800 x 1200 pixels resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. Check. Built-in kickstand? Check.
Microsoft has revealed its long-rumoured smaller Surface device - and to The Register's mind it looks a lot like the re-invention of the netbook.
Rumours had previously stated that a new, cheaper Surface tablet would be coming to market around the second half of 2018. There's also front-facing stereo speakers, so the sound is directed straight at you.
On Monday, the company teased the upcoming product with a tweet that said "Where will Surface go next?" Each variant will be powered by a dual-core Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. This can be disabled for free, likewise, commercial SKUs with Windows 10 Pro can be configured to enable S Mode for free. The base model ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash storage, while the top-end model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. It's so easy to carry Surface Go with me so I can capture those moments, instantly. The device offers a fanless design and a nine-hour battery life.
Microsoft will launch an LTE version of the Surface Go later this year.
Now, let's talk accessories.
Microsoft also unveiled an all-new Signature Type Cover specially designed for Surface Go.
Microsoft all but announced as much via the official Surface account.
There are some pretty decent Windows 2-in-1s available for $500 or less. However, the screen isn't great, and you get only 2GB of RAM.
Back in March, Apple launched the 9.7-inch iPad with the stylus support for $399. And second, as a fully-functional Windows 10 laptop, The Surface Go will try to eke some share away from Apple's whole line of MacBook laptops, which starts at $999 for the cheapest MacBook Air. More important, iPad keyboards don't offer a touchpad, which means you have to rely on the touch screen for cursor movement. And because the Surface Go is a tablet, it's both more portable than any Mac, plus it has a touchscreen. Microsoft's custom Surface Connector is still there, which essentially allows users to connect to a desktop dock of the device, along with charging the hybrid computer.