Microsoft Surface Go announced
Wi-Fi and 4G options incoming
Microsoft has unveiled its smallest and lightest Surface device, the Surface Go, which is designed to be carried and used anywhere.The two-in-one Surface Go has a 10-inch screen, is 8.3mm thin and weighs just 1.15 pounds over 500g and boasts up to nine hours of battery life, is able to run Office apps and will be priced at £380, and up, although at the time of publishing it isn’t yet on the UK Microsoft Store.
The new addition to the popular range was announced by Chief Product Officer Panos Panay on Monday night.
“Many of us play different roles throughout the day, moving from work or school to home and everywhere in between. Our products don’t do just one thing because people don’t do just one thing,” he wrote in a blog post. “Since my two youngest daughters have started using Surface Go, I see them watching movies, reading and drawing on it every day. It’s the perfect device for them. And for me, whether I’m at home, in the office, or on a plane, putting my Surface Pen on the screen and letting my thoughts flow is a necessary step in my creative process. It’s how I work. It’s so easy to carry Surface Go with me so I can capture those moments, instantly.”
The fanless Surface Go, which can also run in Windows 10 S mode, features a 3:2 aspect PixelSense Display that can be used in portrait or landscape and supports Surface Pen with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
“The custom calibrated 3:2 display is soft on your eyes while you’re working and vibrantly high-contrast when you want to watch videos, create art or edit photos,” Panay added.
The device is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y. The Surface team “team worked closely with Intel to optimize power, performance and battery for the most critical tasks people perform every day”, Panay wrote.
The Signature Type Cover on the keyboard has been custom-made for the Surface Go, with the Alcantara material available in three colours – burgundy, cobalt blue and platinum. Panay said it offers users “the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and exceptional key travel”. The trackpad supports multi-finger gestures and is compatible with the new Surface Mobile Mouse.
Like other devices in the range, Surface Go has a built-in kickstand with a hinge that can extend to 165-degrees. It also features a Surface Connect port for charging and docking, plus USB-C 3.1 for data, video and charging, a headphone jack and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.
An LTE model will be available later this year.
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