Microsoft Surface Go – A tablet which can be a full laptop on the go

Awareness Window

As Microsoft said, Microsoft Surface Go is a, compact 10 inch tablet that can turn into a powerful laptop to get your important business done. With Windows 10 S it comes with enough packed power to handle day to day play and business. Let’s face it: It isn’t that awesome and this article will tell you why.

There are thick bezels but here we are with another option apart from iPad (2018), Chromebooks and Samsung tabs in the budget tablet segment. Although this classroom market is dominated by Google’s Chromebooks.

Ultra-compact Surface Go Signature Type cover-performs is a detachable keyboard, with a complete mechanical keyset. And Surface Mobile Mouse and Surface pen are also there to add some weight to this 1.15lbs device. These are all sold separately.

We are good with our iOS and Android tablets then why would we switch to these surfaces? Let me know about your thoughts on this in the comments section.

Comparison with the iPad(2018)

We all know how awesome the 2018 iPad is. It is much better value, better processor (an A10 Fusion), a better resolution display (2,048 x 1,536 pixels at 217 ppi), Apple Pencil, support for the external key-board, more slim and light-weighted, endless number of iOS apps which are well optimized and most notably, it costs 30$ lesser.

Both devices are equipped with LTE*. The front camera on the Surface Go is better of the two ,it also have a micro SD card slot and iPad does not have the cursor support yet. It is barely legal to call it a winner over the iPad(2018).

Portrait mode renders pages much like a textbook and landscape mode renders them side-by-side like an open book. And this can’t be there only selling point.

Read more: All you need to know about Apple’s new operating system iOS 12 is here.

Here are the tech specs from Microsoft Store where it is up for pre-orders starting from $399 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The higher variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD is priced at $549. They will be available from August 2, 2018.



  • Dimensions – 9.65” x 6.9” x 0.33” (245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm)
  • Storage – eMMC drive: 64GB
    Solid-state drive (SSD): 128GB
  • Display
    Screen: 10” PixelSense™ Display
    Resolution: 1800 x 1200 (217 PPI) resolution
    Aspect ratio: 3:2
    Contrast ratio: 1500:1
    Touch: 10 point multi-touch
    Corning®Gorilla® Glass 3
  • Battery life – Up to 9 hours of video playback1
  • Memory – 4GB or 8GB RAM
  • Graphics – Intel® HD Graphics 615
  • Processor – Intel®Pentium® Gold Processor 4415Y
  • Connections
    1 x USB-C
    3.5 mm headphone jack
    1 x Surface Connect port
    Surface Type Cover Port
    MicroSDXC Card Reader
    Compatible with Surface Dial*
  • Security
    TPM 2.0 for enterprise security
    Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Cameras, video, and audio
    Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
    5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
    8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
    Single microphone
    2W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Software
    Windows 10 in S mode2
    Microsoft Office 365 Home 30-day trial
  • Wireless
    Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
    Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
  • Sensors
    Ambient light sensor
  • Exterior
    Casing: Magnesium
    Color: Silver
    Physical buttons: Volume, Power
  • What’s in the box
    Surface Go
    Power Supply
    Quick Start Guide
    Safety and warranty documents
  • Warranty 1-year limited hardware warranty
  • Weight  – Starting at 1.15 lbs (522 g), not including Type Cover



Need a more powerful and more portable laptop? Lenovo is offering something with upto 128GB RAM. Read here and know about it.

We can’t really say about the audiences Microsoft is targeting here. With such under-powered device and a below par software experience in such a small form-factor at $399 isn’t a great decision with Surface devices having a “not recommended” batch in this Chromebook dominated market. It isn’t an iPad or Chromebook killer. It rather is a cheaper option for Surface Pro users and Windows hardcore fans. Microsoft is going to have a hard time selling it but they can make their own market instead of getting a share in any of the existing one. Hybrid devices are a good example for this.

Have your say. Are you excited about this entry-level Pentium powered cheaper Microsoft Surface?

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