Surface Go takes on Apple, Google and it might just succeed

Surface Go takes on Apple, Google and it might just succeed

But while it's not going to appeal to power users, the Surface Go might actually win in its most important battle: taking on the iPad and the new breed of Chrome OS tablets.

The Surface Go has a 3:2 screen with 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution and is in Microsoft's words the thinnest Surface ever. The device is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, offering up to 9 hours of battery life.

At launch, there will be a $399 model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and a $549 configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Go tablet Monday, which is aimed at the education market as well as workers on the go.

To the Surface Go.

The information comes from an alleged internal Microsoft document that leaked to a Surface subreddit. And while it and its fans may be celebrating the ultra-light Surface Go tonight, those fans really are looking for more to come. The price point, and likely discounts for bulk orders, are likely to make the Surface Go an attractive option for schools. It will be available in the USA and Canada on August 2, and Microsoft didn't specify when it will be available in the other markets. This gold processor is the big question mark in the whole Surface Go idea as we are yet to see whether it will be powerful enough to drive demanding Windows applications.

Microsoft will launch an LTE version of the Surface Go later this year.

The system comes with Windows 10 Home in S Mode by default, but you can put the system in non-crippled Windows 10 Home mode for free.

The Xinyi District (信義區) store reflects Microsoft's targeting of the Taiwan market and is set to cater to Taiwanese consumers according to Chang Chia-hao (張家豪), a Senior Product Marketing Associate. The USB-C port can be used for charging the tablet as well as connecting other USB-C devices. The standard black Type Cover is priced at $99, while the top-of-the-line Signature Cover with 1mm of actual key travel is priced at $129.

Other than that, the device is also equipped with USB 3.1 Type-C port for charging, video, and data alongside Windows Hello camera, microSD card reader, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

You can also kit out the Surface Go with lots of quite pricey accessories. One of the earliest incarnations of the Surface line, the Surface RT, fared poorly.

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.

Below is a pricing breakdown of each version of the tablet, keep in mind the commercial SKU ships with Windows 10 Pro which is why there is a price difference.