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  • 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Wi-Fi: $399
  • 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Wi-Fi: $549
  • Surface Go Type Cover (black): $99
  • Surface Go Signature Type Cover (Alcantara®, red, blue, or silver): $129
  • Surface Mobile Mouse: $34.99
  • Surface Pen: $99
Microsoft is getting back into the cheaper tablet game today with the new Surface Go, a smaller, less powerful take on the popular Surface Pro device. The Go features a 10-inch screen, integrated kickstand, Windows 10, and a similar design to the Surface Pro, and starts at $399. It is available for preorder starting July 10th and will ship in August.

The Surface Go doesn’t change Microsoft’s Surface design philosophy one bit — it really just looks like a smaller version of the Surface Pro design that’s been around since 2014’s Surface Pro 3. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution), the signature built-in kickstand with unlimited positions, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. Microsoft has added a USB-C 3.1 port, capable of charging the tablet or outputting video and data to external devices. It has also rounded the corners a bit compared to the latest Surface Pro, but overall, it’s the same familiar magnesium design Surface users have come to expect.


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Read more: Four reasons why the Surface Go's bezels are so thick

  1. Surface Go is for everyone, including kids
  2. Windows Hello, cameras, antennas and symmetry (design)
  3. Bigger display, higher price or smaller display, larger keyboard
  4. Magnets for Surface Pen and Type Cover
If you saw the Surface Go and were repelled by 'dem bezels (which don't look as bad in person), then literally no explanation will make you feel better about the design. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For example, I find a '78 Chevrolet Corvette hideous looking, flat out revolting, but others disagree.

Nonetheless, when making something like Surface Go with a fixed retail cost of $399 and those size goals compromises must be made. We may not like all the design choices, but remember that they usually have a reason (or four) behind them, which helps explain it a bit.