Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Microsoft Announces Its Cheapest And Lightest Surface Ever

Microsoft Announces Its Cheapest And Lightest Surface Ever

That something? It's nearly certainly Surface Go, the $400 low-end Surface tablet that we've been talking about for months.

The Surface Go's keyboard seen in the photos will be sold separately for $99 or $129 for the Signature Type Cover, which uses a scissor key mechanism and has 1mm of key travel.

With the inclusion of an integrated kickstand for the surface and with the well thought out keyboard and mouse experience, the Surface is a much better productivity machine, a much more convenient laptop replacement than an iPad.

Alternative options are thin on the ground.

One of the most attractive things about the Surface line of tablets is its keyboard cover attachment. Thankfully, Microsoft today announces a new computer that puts Surface in reach of more people. If news of a 13 July release is true, that's significantly earlier than anyone had initially expected.

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. Microsoft claims to have improved the display for pen support, allowing for features such as tilt support for shading.

Over the past few weeks, there have been tons of rumors and leaks about Microsoft's low-priced 10-inch Surface devices.

Microsoft seems poised to make an announcement about its next Surface or Surfaces tomorrow morning.

As mentioned, the Surface Go follows Microsoft's Surface design and it appears to be a smaller version of the Surface Pro that was introduced in 2014 with the Surface Pro 3. It has the same form factor as the Surface Pro but is cheaper, lighter, and to some extent, prettier.

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Elsewhere in the thread, a different Reddit poster named "aninsideman" published alleged specifications of this new Surface. The company also may be adding an 8GB RAM/256GB SSD storage version (with and without LTE, ) to its Surface Go line-up.

Surface Go also has the ports you need, including Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion. The tablet runs on an Intel Pentium 4415Y dual-core processor, with a base clock frequency of 1.6 GHz, a tdp of 6W and associated Intel HD Graphics 615. It was later revealed that base systems will come powered by a Gemini Lake-based Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor.

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