New Microsoft Surface hardware is probably arriving tomorrow

New Microsoft Surface hardware is probably arriving tomorrow

No, not the Surface Pro 3 meant to replace your laptop, but the smaller 10.8-inch model that was meant to go head-to-head with the iPad.

Connectivity-wise, there's the Surface Connect port and USB Type-C 3.1, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and MicroSDXC.

Microsoft Corp.is cutting prices on its Surface devices, introducing a $399 tablet to compete with Apple Inc.'s least-expensive iPads. This nets you the starting Surface Go configuration, including an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage. Microsoft has also confirmed that a LTE model will be coming later this year.

Microsoft quietly has shifted its goal for Surface hardware from carving out new niches which can be exploited by Microsoft and its OEM partners, to expanding the overall market for Surface. An extra $50 upgrades to Windows 10 Pro, and an extra $150 upgrades to 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. There's a USB-C port, so you can use your Android phone's charger to power the PC, though by default it charges using Microsoft's proprietary Surface connector.

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Microsoft's Surface range has become popular in Taiwan, with sales increasing by between 10 and 20 percent every year since the product launched five years ago according to Hsueh Wei-hung, deputy head of Microsoft's Consumer Channel Group. The device adds another option to the Surface lineup, as Microsoft competes with Apple's iPad and Google's low-priced Chromebooks that have become a fixture in the classroom.

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There is also a 5MP selfie camera in front alongside a Windows Hello face sign-in camera so you can log in with facial recognition.

Panay further says, "Our new Surface Go Signature Type Cover is custom-made for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and exceptional key travel".

Also, both tablets support pen input.

Meet the Microsoft Surface Go, a teeny-tiny new 1.15-pound laptop/tablet hybrid with a 10-inch screen that can fit in a handbag, fanny pack, or maybe even a particularly deep pocket.

What do you think about the specifications and pricing of the Microsoft Surface Go? The company is claiming nine hours of battery life. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off. But while the Surface Go is indeed pocketable, it only has one screen, meaning that this ain't it. It will be available for preorders starting today and the shipping will begin in August.

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