Beginning of the last month, Microsoft made the announcement of its new Surface Go, a tablet released to take marketshare off Apple’s “almighty” iPad, with an alternative vision, and a moderate price. The device will be available this summer.
To power of the Surface Go is offering up to nine hours of autonomy. Microsoft has set its sights on the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, a dual-core processor that would be a good balance between performance, efficiency and temperature control (an important data for an object with a minimalist and fanless design). For $399, you will get 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB for files (eMMC). For $549, the RAM will be doubled, as well as the storage space (SSD). LTE versions will arrive later.
In terms of connections, the Surface Go gives way to the USB-C connectors, an interface capable of charging the tablet and sending a video signal. The Surface Connector, proprietary format, is also there, as is the microSD card reader and jack port. There is also a camera at the front and rear.
Like the Surface Pro, the Go version will be accompanied by a battery of accessories, in order to become a productivity-oriented device. All accessories are optional, to keep the price low. This includes the backlit keyboard with a large trackpad ($99 or $129 if you choose its version with soft Alcantara coating), Bluetooth mouse ($35) and stylus ($99). A 64 GB Surface Go with stylus will cost $498. An iPad 6 with 32 GB and a Pencil cost $428.
In this configuration, the Go is much more a PC than a substitute for the iPad.
During the first boot, the Surface Go will run under Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s closed operating system. But owners are free to switch to the normal OS for free.
Features offered by Microsoft
In terms of functionality, we were presented with new possibilities with PowerPoint, which can now use artificial intelligence to help you make beautiful presentations. It can now, according to your choices, adapt to offer you suggestions for future presentations that you may like. New 3D animations can also be added and triggered with the tablet stylus. A really good idea if you are used to making presentations.
Another interesting feature is in OneNote. And this one should please parents and children. Indeed, it is possible to select a text so that the software can break it into syllables to facilitate learning to read. Moreover, by clicking on each word, the child will be able to see a small illustration image of the selected word. A real plus for learning to read.
Although these features have been around for some time, they take on a new dimension with this kind of tablet that is powerful, yet ergonomic and affordable. Microsoft has also sniffed the good idea since the firm will offer significant discounts for education, professionals, but also students. Microsoft definitely seems to demonstrate its desire to compete with Apple’s iPad.