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.