Microsoft's Surface Go is official!

Microsoft today took the wraps off of its latest productivity-oriented slate - the Microsoft Surface Go. Needless to say, this one will directly clash with Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch. As you probably might imagine, Microsoft is aiming this device at people on the go, while also citing its size as perfect to reading school textbooks in portrait mode. It also happens that it will hit the shelves just in time for the back to school season.


You'd be forgiven from questioning if the new Surface Go device sports any significant differences in comparison with, say, the Surface Pro. The devil's in the details - the new Surface Go sports a slightly larger bezel in comparison with the higher-end slate as well as slightly rounder edges. Still, the overall design has not evolved a lot and still uses the same old magnesium design. Fine by us, as the external design of the Surface Pro was definitely among its stronger aspects and the Surface Go doesn't look like it would be anything different than that.


The tablet is lightweight and highly portable weighing only 1.15 pounds and being 8.3mm thick thanks to the sleek magnesium design. It comes with a 10-inch PixelSense display which is compatible with the optional Surface Pen, allowing 4096 levels of pressure.

Under the hood, the tablet is being run by a 7th-Generation Intel Pentium Gold processor which is designed to provide reliable performance for everyday tasks, like using Microsoft Office and consuming media, while still being able to boast excellent battery life and a fan-less design. Aided by 4 or 8GB of RAM, the slate will be a perfect productivity sidekick  that will be able to last you for up to 9 hours of battery life. Once the battery gets depleted, you can charge it up through the USB Type-C 3.1 port.


Out of the box, the tablet will run Windows 10 in S mode, meaning that you can only run Microsoft Edge and apps found on the Microsoft store. Should you desire an improved experience, however, you can opt to get the full Windows 10 experience for free. However, we are not sure how well the Pentium Gold chipset inside the slate will be able to run the full-fledge Windows OS and any heavier apps or programs - you will probably run into some performance issues should you choose to use the tablet as your main daily driver.

Price, release date, availability

Surface Go is Microsoft's least expensive Surface device to date, costing just $399. This puts it in direct competition with productivity minded tablets such as Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Book. The first slates to hit the shelves will be Wi-Fi-ones only, with an LTE model being planned for later in 2018.

The Surface Pen will add another $99, while the optional Go Signature Type Cover keyboard will set you back $99 - $129 depending on the colors.

Surface Go will be available for preorder on July 10th in: US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. It will reach more markets in the coming weeks. 

source: Microsoft

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Surface Go
  • Display 10.0" 1800 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Pentium, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, I find the device to be kind of cool and interesting. However, on the other hand, I just can't get over the pricing of this. For $399 you get the 4 GB RAM/64 GB model or for $549 you step up to 8 GB RAM/128 GB model. The pen costs $99, the keyboard costs $99, and the mouse costs $35. That's going to make the entry level one cost at least $599 (without the mouse). And in terms of comparisons between it and the iPad, there are two areas that I'm already noticing it falls short in: battery life (9 hours versus 10 hours) and the display (1800 x 1200 versus 2048 x 1536). It does have more RAM though (4 GB versus 2 GB). I know, they are after two different markets of people but there's naturally going to be that comparison.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but the market is already made for either of those. The Apple fans will get the iPad the Windows users will get the surface. It isn't like any Apple fan was going to buy this otherwise they break their only real advantage which is Apple's ecosystem synergy. Any Windows user wouldn't get an iPad because Apple is starting to close up more and more and the devices just don't play nice with each other.

7. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Any Windows user wouldn't get an iPad because.." *laugh* Except most iPad users uses Windows and will do that in future too.

15. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

and why is open to anyone and to serve ur needs doesnt matter the os for me,,,i got windows laptop and ipad and android phone becuz why not and i like all of em for my needs.

13. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

i got a windows laptop but i got an ipad not forced to use one windows android free to use all of em to serve ur needs not just one..

14. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

i got a windows laptop but i got an ipad not forced to use one windows android free to use all of em to serve ur needs not just one..

25. semipro1337

Posts: 114; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

But why? Isn't there one device that can do it all? Most people just buy each device to brag that they have one. I've yet to find a reason to in anything other than a surface. Can you elaborate on what you can do with an iPad that a surface can't do? I know you didn't say you had a surface so just pretend your laptop is one.

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

4GB RAM... perfect for running Windows XP.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Windows 10 is less hardware heavy than Windows XP. + 4GB is more than enough for this type of SOC.

19. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just try running windows 10 on 256MB RAM, then tell us how hardware heavy is XP. This tab will start lagging after a few tabs opened in browser.

20. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Windows 10 works with 256MB RAM. There are those types of "torture test" scenarios documented on many webs. So far I remember right now, I saw W8 test and they gradually disabled RAM. If I remember correctly they were able to boot into Metro (not desktop) with 64MB RAM. Not in a mood to test it by myself.

22. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016 Perhaps you were joking about windows xp being heavier.

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Interesting, thx.

10. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Actually I think for the price and the features of this, it is a steal. I am a university. I recently purchased an iPad with Apple Pencil to take notes in class and do the basics tasks that I would have otherwise done on my MacBook. However, I quickly realized I can’t use my iPad for more than note taking at uni. If I want to print documents through the uni account, it must be done through windows or Mac. Anything the involves the use of USB port ( something a student uses a lot of the time) will render the iPad useless. Now I am in the same situation I started with, I have to carry both the iPad and the MacBook( just the iPad replaced my notebook and the stack of papers I have been carrying. On the other hand, this is windows and has a USB port. So for people who can afford this, this is a steal!

21. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

I bet that battery life hours from Surface Go has been measured in Windows 10S, which uses significantly less system resources than the full-fledged Windows 10. So the "free" upgrade to 10 from 10S will cost some battery life and also probably UI performance.

2. deleon629 unregistered

My iPad pro 9.7 cost the same @ launch; more so even for the case and Zagg glass protector. The phrase, "you get what you pay for" was the motivation, and I've yet to be disappointed. Can't say the same for the surface line at this point... If I were you, I'd be more skeptical about whether or not Microsoft is gonna give a damn about their screens and batteries failing the customers this time around. The longer they wait to get back into the good graces of their customer base, the more time they give Apple to further develop their app ecosystem to compete with their failed promise of multi-tasking ability in a tablet format.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Bottom line is that Windows OS is a desktop platform and not a universal mobile platform. It's too late to make an impact in the smartphone/tablet market that Apple owns in terms of simplicity, branding, usage, apps, support, etc...

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Also worth mentioning, the iPad Pro is trying it's best to be a desktop platform not a mobile platform.

5. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I personally wouldn’t upgrade from my iPad Air 2 to a surface. I would miss the apps I get on the iPad and iOS is designed for tablets so easier to use than Windows on a small screen. What I like about the surface is the competition it creates. It will help Apple to focus more on the iPad, to add more features to iOS and possibly reduce the price further.

8. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This is a great choice for those who want Windows OS in their tablet for productivity. The iPad and Android is more media centric.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

RIP chromebook.

18. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

With keyboard (+$100) this is twice the price of a decent chromebook.

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The CPU disappoints, but if there is an option to make it full windows 10 (non-S) and fully working USB-C port and expandable storage make it a more sensible buy for people that need it for getting work done.

17. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I find this oddly not good at all. I use iMac @home, iPad and a surface book for my office work and my daily drivers are two phones Note8/iPhoneX.

24. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i won't get a Windows 10 device with RAM less than 8GB. so at 8GB version price, i'd get a low-end ultrabook, with 8th gen i5. unless if you are a sucker for that Pen...

26. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I often wonder what people, that demand 8GB RAM, use ... I have 8GB at home and 16GB RAM at work, but I run aplication servers there.

27. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I have the same and I don't find it enough :) Linux/MacOS/docker/VMs..

28. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sure you can make it more RAM hungry ;) but this case scenario is a tablet we are talking about.

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