The Surface Go starts at $599 and will be available for preorder in Australia from tomorrow. The device starts at a price of $399 (or approx Rs 27,433), but you will have to shell out more for a type cover and Surface Pen. Microsoft claims to have improved the display for pen support, allowing for features such as tilt support for shading. The processor has a 6W TDP which is configurable to 4.5W, although we're not sure of Microsoft's choice for the Surface Go. Microsoft says its hardware choices deliver a battery life of up to 9 hours.
The new models will be around 20 per cent lighter than the current Surface Pro, although that will come at the expense of the battery, with the new Surface tablets expected to offer 30 per cent less juice than Microsoft's higher-end models. It is also equipped with a USB-C 3.1 port. Corners are a bit rounded, and with its integrated kickstand, Surface Go has a front camera with facial recognition login.
Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps.
A couple of months back we reported that Microsoft might be working on a low-priced Surface tablet.
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Worst of all, the bezels are insanely large, making Surface Go look quite ugly. This is because the company acknowledges that finding the cursor on a smaller screen is simply that much harder. It comes in 4GB and 8GB RAM configurations, with 64GB of eMMC storage, or a 128/256GB SSD (all expandable with a microSD card). And because the Surface Go is a tablet, it's both more portable than any Mac, plus it has a touchscreen.
The availability of accessories globally is yet to be confirmed, but you'll be able to get a black Surface Go Type Cover for $99 (around £75, AU$130), with red, blue or silver "Signature" Alcantara Type Covers costing $129 (around £100, AU$170). One of those lessons, no doubt, was how many people want and need built-in LTE.
If you're not keen on trackpads, Microsoft is producing a two-button Surface Mobile Mouse ($35) that connects via Bluetooth and features a scroll wheel. Attaching a keyboard adds 0.5 pounds to the Surface's weight.
After all, there are other Windows-based iPad competitors out there from various PC partners.
Make no mistake, Microsoft's Surface business in total is still a fraction of Apple's enormous hardware revenues.