Microsoft presents its portable and affordable Surface Go tablet

Microsoft Surface affordable tablet passes the FCC

It has a kickstand, metal-construction, support for inking, and comes with Windows 10 S and works with existing Surface accessories. The exact size of the battery of the Surface Go is yet to be revealed.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella attending the unveiling event of a new Surface Pro device in NY on May 20, 2014.

Looking for a new device? All signs indicate it's created to be affordable. For the first time on Microsoft hardware, the Go will use the USB-C charging standard.

But iOS on the vanilla iPad is also optimised for touch operation, while Windows 10 is still awkward in that mode.

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Microsoft released a $499 Surface 3 tablet in 2015, but discontinued the product in 2016. However, Microsoft's rounded corners and edges on the gadget give it a more informal look when compared to the Surface Pro and Surface Books.

But if you want a tablet rather than a PC, the Surface Go doesn't make much sense.

The Surface line has always been focused on creative professionals, which has made most of the entries a bit too steep for casual tablet usage. It's worth noting that the Surface Go's camera has facial recognition login technology and the device comes with a USB-C 3.1 port for charging and outputting video and data to external devices.

On paper, Microsoft claims the battery life for the Surface Go is 10 hours, in line with the iPad, but this is again something that will need to be tested in the real world.

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The display of the Surface Go is a high-res PixelSense display that's supports the Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision (great for precise photo-editing). Like other devices that come with S mode, such as the Surface Laptop, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free. 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). The iPad, on the other hand, runs on the Apple A10 Fusion chip.

The tech giant makes extremely popular productivity software, the Windows operating system, and enterprise software. There's 4GB RAM and 128GB of SSD as a minimum for $399, or for an additional $150 you can grab 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD at $549 total. The Surface Pen is another $99, while the new Bluetooth-enabled Surface Mobile Mouse is more reasonably priced at $34.99. It goes on sale on 2 August with Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Surface Go can be pre-ordered as of July 10th, US time, in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

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