This is Microsoft’s $400 Surface Go

This is Microsoft’s $400 Surface Go

Surface Go is the smallest and cheapest 10-inch tablet on offer from Microsoft, weighing in at just 1.15 pounds - 0.25 pounds lighter than the Surface 3, and a smidgen heavier than the 1.03-pound iPad. The Surface Go comes with a 10-inch display with 1800 x 1200 pixels resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio.

Unlike the $329 iPad it's going against, the Surface Go has a lot more ports, including a Surface Connect port for charging and docking, a USB-C 3.1 for data and charging, and a microSD card reader.

The Surface Go is now Microsoft's fourth attempt at a smaller version of its Surface tablet, which would give us pause had we not seen the device first.

Surface Go will come running Windows 10 in S mode, which means you can only install apps from the Microsoft Store within Windows. Compared to the Surface Pro, the new Surface Go is nearly 31% lighter in weight. The exact size of the battery of the Surface Go is yet to be revealed.

8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage for $549. Retail, banking, manufacturing and other vertical businesses are all on Microsoft's radar with Surface Go.

Microsoft Surface Go specs: What features does the new budget Surface have?

Microsoft seems poised to make an announcement about its next Surface or Surfaces tomorrow morning. And while they have not listed a price either, I would expect it to add a $150 premium based on price differences with the Surface Pro line of LTE versions.

There's also a front camera that is used for Windows Hello thereby allowing you to seamlessly log into the tablet without entering any password. The tablet runs on an Intel Pentium 4415Y dual-core processor, with a base clock frequency of 1.6 GHz, a tdp of 6W and associated Intel HD Graphics 615. Both are, of course, optional which does leave you with nothing but a Windows 10 tablet, which is actually also the point.

Some of the accessories that will be available for the Surface Go include Type Cover (black) worth $99, Signature Type Cover in red, blue and silver for $129, Surface Mobile Mouse for $34 and Surface Pen for $99. You'll also get the friction kickstand found on the Surface Pro so it's definitely still firmly within the Surface family of devices. It runs in Windows 10 S mode out of the box but can be switched to regular Windows 10 at any time. The new Surface Go is super-thin as well, at just 8.9mm thick you can put it anywhere. Microsoft says, however, that it's worked with the chipmaker to "optimize power, performance, and battery", noting that most should get nine hours of battery life from the device.

Again, the Surface Go doesn't come with a keyboard.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad. It will be available for preorders starting today and the shipping will begin in August.