The Surface Go has a 10-inch 3:2 (1800 x 1200) PixelDensity multi-touch display, surrounded by thick bezels.
Unlike the more powerful Surface Pro tablet, the Surface Go has Intel's seventh-generation Intel Pentium Gold, which Microsoft says balances power consumption with performance, for a battery life of nine hours.
The Surface Go may start at $399, but you can easily spend hundreds more if you add crucial functionality like a keyboard, more RAM, and extra storage.
Naturally, and disappointingly, none of these options include the newly-designed Type Cover or tried-and-true Surface Pen in the box. The exact size of the battery of the Surface Go is yet to be revealed.
Last night, Microsoft took the wraps off their 10-inch Surface Go tablet. Starting at $399 MSRP, it represents a new entry point for the Surface family, while keeping the premium qualities that have come to define it.
The price for the actual Surface Go starts from $399 for the 4/64 GB version and goes to $549 for the 8/128 GB variant.
The Surface Go will go up for pre-order from July 10 in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and other important markets. 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.
Naturally, the Surface Go also offers a built-in kickstand that "extends to 165 degrees helps you stay in your flow from tablet to studio mode", and a front-facing camera that supports Windows Hello authentication.
So far, Microsoft has struggled to make a hit Surface product.
Hardware aside, the best part her is that Microsoft is not shipping Surface Go with a limited version of Windows, as it did with Surface RT, for example. And while the Surface has its diehard fans, myself included, it's still a relatively niche product for Windows power users.
Just like the Surface Pro, the new budget 2-in-1 has an optional keyboard cover that's available in different colors and works with the optional $99 Surface Pen. LTE versions will increase the price even more, but are only due out later this year. We've seen the Surface Go render and manipulate 3D imagery in a biology studies app with nary a stutter.
Connectivity wise the Surface Pro ships with USB-C ports for both charging and connectivity, something that may be an issue for some.
Granted, these were all carefully-managed demonstrations, but they were all simply cued up from within the very same tablet I've laid hands on as we strolled about Microsoft's New York City loft. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it.