Microsoft Unveils 10-Inch Surface Go, Costs $599

Microsoft Unveils 10-Inch Surface Go, Costs $599
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If you’ve wanted a Surface Pro-esque device that was a fraction smaller, Microsoft has just officially confirmed a smaller 10″ model, the Surface Go.

The Surface Go is basically an ultra-ultra light low-end hybrid: it weighs just over 520g (1.15 pounds) and features a 10″ PixelSense Display, supporting the existing Surface Pen with a 3:2 display.

Interestingly, the announcement on the Microsoft site says it’ll be powered by a 7th generation Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU, rather than an 8th generation series Intel CPU.

Pre-orders will be available some time today, although the device won’t be available until August 28. Internationally it’s priced at $US399, with the base model selling for $599 locally. It comes with a USB-C 3.1 port, headphone jack, a “MicroSD card reader for storage expansion”, and a custom made Type Cover for the Surface Go which comes with better key pitch and key travel.

Battery life is quoted at up to nine hours, and the device is pitched at students and as a low-cost option for kids and artists. More information can be found here over the next 24 hours, or whenever Microsoft decides to put listings for the Surface Go up. Customisation options include 4GB/8GB of RAM, as well as storage from 64GB up to 256GB.

Correction: Microsoft Australia’s local PR has informed us that the Surface Go will be available locally from August 28, not earlier in the month.


  • Won’t lie, it is very appealing. I currently have a iPad Pro and I feel this would be a big step up. Apple better do something quickly.

    • I don’t know, the specs look like it will be a Surface Slow, rather than a Go.
      I have a similar specced notebook and the iPad Pro is way faster on everything.

      • Isn’t the iPad on this size about twice as more expensive? Positive that the specs are not worth that much.

    • Not TB3 but as other reviewers have pointed out due to the limited CPU it wouldn’t work well even if it did so they didn’t comment too harshly on that omission of tech.

    • is there a Tab S3 or is it a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 you’re looking at ?

      the Galaxy Tab S3 is listed as 950 AUD which is a significant chunk of cash over the 600 AUD (as stated in this article). depending on the Go’s base specs, you might be able to get something better if you’re willing to fork over 900 dollars

    • To be fair to each it is Apples to Oranges as one is Android and the other is Windows so for a more productivity-focused device the Win10 tablet will win every time whereas for couch surfing and media consumption the Android will be far easier also for casual gaming. With regards to price pretty sure the S3 still comes with the Pen and Keyboard included so when you add that to the cost of the Go the price is pretty comparable.

  • Windows 10 is still bad on small screens – especially traditional desktop apps. It’s even worse as a tablet OS. If it’s combined with a weak processor, this will be a fairly frustrating device to use all round. No doubt it’ll find a few followers but I don’t think it’ll make a dent in the iPad market.

  • Nice one, but i’m a bit jaded after having a Surface 3 (non pro) which is basically the same device just updated. The Atom processor was horrendous. I’d rather get a proper Surface with a decent processor which is reasonably portable anyway.

  • I bought the Surface 3 a couple of years ago to use as a mobile workstation for my job, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I still love that thing. Typing on the Type Cover just feels right (even though it’s a must-buy and pretty expensive), and the speed is just fine for what I use it for. The 3 is at the bottom end of the Surface range and I still get people coming over to ask about it. I’ll be following this new Go very closely!

      • It really depends on the user experience and need. For an organisation that uses mainly productivity programs (Office 365) and things like Adobe CC (mainly PS/IL/ID) then a mid-spec device is normally perfect. Either the use didn’t match the specs it could provide or you had a bad device (which MS are really good with repairs)

        I wouldn’t use it for mid-high level gaming or graphics intensive tools though.

        Very portable and versatile device (when you mix it up with a docking station) if you have it for the right needs.

        • I used it for simple productivity. It’s not a mid-range device at all, it’s powered by an Intel Atom, it’s the low end of mobile hardware. I’d hate to run Adobe apps on it – especially on a low powered Atom CPU.

          Maybe I just have a low tolerance for slower devices but there’s nothing I’d consider pleasant about using it.

      • Maybe we’re using it for different things. I generally only need internet and word processing. Nothing too demanding 🙂

  • Very interested. If it runs ok, I’ll have one.

    People can say whatever they want about the iPad Pro being faster. If it doesn’t have a ‘proper’ OS, I and many others can’t use it. End of story.

    If the iPad Pro had OS X, I’d already have one.

    • Yeah, but that processor runs like treacle, no point having a desktop OS in a machine that can’t really run it at a usable speed. By the time you add a keyboard or a stylus (which you really need for a ‘proper OS’) and option up for a usable amount of RAM, you are getting into the cost of a laptop that will run much better.

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