Microsoft announces Australian pricing for the bite-sized Surface Go
The Surface line-up now has a brand new, cheaper and smaller edition.
Microsoft has surfaced once again, this time announcing a low-cost and lighter iteration on its established Surface range.
Designed with flexibility and portability in mind, the Surface Go features a relatively small but high-resolution 10-inch PixelSense display and Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y under the fanless hood.
Owing to its portable and compact design, the Surface Go packs the specially-optimised Pentium processor under the hood. While this 1.6GHz 2-core Pentium isn't designed for heavy-duty tasks, it will save on battery. Microsoft is claiming the Go will last up to nine hours on a single charge.
The Surface Go weighs in at just over 520g and has a thickness of 8.3mm, making portability a strong suit for the device.
Staying true to the precedent set by the Surfaces before it, the Go has a 165-degree kickstand and removable Type Cover, allowing for a true 2-in-1 experience from Microsoft at a reasonable price. The Surface Pen is also supported (but it will cost you an extra $139.95).
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Microsoft Surface Go specs
|Specs||Microsoft Surface Go|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Size||244mm x 175mm x 8.4mm|
|Ports||USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Surface Connect|
|Operating System||Windows 10 in S Mode (with free upgrade to Home)|
|Resolution||1800 x 1200|
|CPU||Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y|
|Camera rear||8 MP|
|Camera front||5MP (Window Hello)|
|Battery||Approx. 10 hours|
Despite its wallet-friendly price tag and small stature, the Surface Go doesn't skimp on some of the latest Surface features. For one, there's a Windows Hello enabled front-facing camera for facial recognition. It's also the second mainstream Surface device to be equipped with a USB-C port for charging and file transfer.
Despite the move to USB-C, the Surface Go comes with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.
Another feature to avoid the chopping block is the MicroSD slot device for a little bit of extra storage on the fly.
While not available at launch, Microsoft says it's going to release a 4G-ready version of the Surface Go later on in the year.
The price for the Surface Go starts at $599 and is available for pre-order starting 11 July, 2018.