Microsoft Surface Go is available for pre-order

Microsoft Surface affordable tablet passes the FCC

Microsoft Surface affordable tablet passes the FCC

Microsoft has a new and affordable tablet in town: welcome the Microsoft Surface Go, a 10-inch tablet with the Windows experience on board, support for a pen, a neat adjustable hinge and a few other extras.

Microsoft has revealed its long-rumoured smaller Surface device - and to The Register's mind it looks a lot like the re-invention of the netbook. That's less than a similarly configured Surface Go, but the iPad comes with just 32GB of storage for the entry-level model.

Finally, we should note that the Surface Go is not now offered with 4G LTE support and you can only get a Wi-Fi one, while iPads are offered in both styles. It is also equipped with a USB-C 3.1 port. Other countries will be able to preorder a bit later: Japan on July 11, Singapore and Korea on August 2, China on August 8, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain on September 12, and finally in India on October 2. The device is equipped with a Surface Connector for connecting a charger as well as linking it to a desktop dock. A $549 version - $599 for commercial buyers - includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Microsoft's newest Surface device made an appearance at the FCC earlier this month, and it was surmised that it would be equipped with Intel processors (due to the appearance of a separate Qualcomm Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module). You could also step up to the more premium Alcantara version for $129 - that's the same cloth-like material used on the Surface Laptop and the Surface Pro's keyboards.

Microsoft has not yet provided official prices for the United Kingdom and Australia, but we will update this news as soon as we hear back from the company.

So what's unique about the Surface Go?

However, Microsoft's iconic backlit keyboard cover will be sold separately, and you need to shell another $99 for it. Surface Go also supports Surface Stylus Pen, which is another $99.

The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that will only run apps found in the Microsoft Store - a walled-garden approach much in the same vein as Apple. Attaching a keyboard adds 0.5 pounds to the Surface's weight.

Preorders for two hardware variants at four price points start today in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, and Thailand. It has a kickstand, metal-construction, support for inking, and comes with Windows 10 S and works with existing Surface accessories.

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