SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // MICROSOFT - Writ­ten by ATHINA MALLIS

Mi­crosoft has un­veiled the new Sur­face Go, which is set to com­pete with the likes of Ap­ple’s iPad and Google Chrome­books who hold the ma­jor­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket.

The de­vice is a 10-inch screen and 3:2 dis­play with Mi­crosoft claim­ing it is the ‘smallest, light­est and most af­ford­able Sur­face yet’. It weighs 1.15 pound and 8.3mm.

It is pow­ered by the 7th Gen­er­a­tion In­tel Pen­tium Gold Pro­ces­sor 4415Y, in a fan­less de­sign, of­fer­ing up to nine hours of bat­tery. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board flash stor­age. There is an op­tion to buy a more ex­pen­sive ver­sion of­fer­ing 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD stor­age.

In March, Ap­ple launched a new iPad aimed at stu­dents priced just over $400 adding heat to the ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket mostly dom­i­nated by Google put­ting Mi­crosoft in the lurch, un­til now.

The Sur­face Go has a cus­tom-built high-res­o­lu­tion Pix­elSense Dis­play sup­port­ing Sur­face Pen with 4096 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, low pen par­al­lax, low la­tency, and pre­ci­sion for ac­cu­rate note tak­ing, draw­ing and com­puter-aided de­sign. When the de­vice is in por­trait mode, the screen is de­signed to ren­der the page to the scale of most school text­books, and in land­scape mode, it can ren­der pages side by side.

The 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 key travel. It also has high pre­ci­sion tun­ing and Win­dows Pre­ci­sion Track­pad that sup­ports five-point multi-fin­ger ges­tures, and you can con­nect the new Sur­face Mo­bile Mouse.

It comes with a built-in kick­stand with full fric­tion hinge ex­tend­ing to 165 de­grees and a Win­dows Hello cam­era.

Sur­face Go has Sur­face Con­nect for charg­ing and dock­ing; USB-C 3.1; a head­phone jack; and a Mi­croSD card reader for stor­age ex­pan­sion.

The Wi-Fi ver­sion will be re­leased first with a LTE ver­sion com­ing later this year.

The Sur­face Go is avail­able now from $599.

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