Microsoft reveals their £379 Surface Go

Does this device offer consumers any value?

Microsoft reveals their £379 Surface Go

Microsoft reveals their £379 Surface Go

Microsoft has officially unveiled their smallest and most affordable Surface device to date, allowing PC users to access a wide range of PC applications from almost anywhere, enabling productivity on the go without the need to lug around a sizable laptop. 

This new device is the Microsoft Surface Go, which ships with a mass of little more than 500 grams in tablet mode, offering a 10-inch screen to maximise portability while retaining an 1800x1200 (3:2) resolution. 

Unlike most tablets, this device is a full-on Windows machine, with an Intel x86 Pentium Gold processor. Unlike ARM-based Windows devices, the Surface Go offers support for all x86 applications without the bugs or performance disadvantages that ARM-to-x86 emulation provides. This hardware enables the Surface Go to deliver both the full mobility of a tablet while retaining the versatility of an x86-powered Windows PC. 


On the hardware side, Microsoft has opted to use an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor, offering users two cores and four threads with a base frequency of 1.6GHz and a TDP of 6W.

This processor only supports LPDDR3 and DDR3L memory, which means that the device cannot take advantage of the efficiency offered by DDR4 or LPDDR4 DRAM memory, a disadvantage of using a low-power processor from mid-2017.

Another problem worth considering is that Microsoft does not ship this unit with a "Type Cover", a keyboard accessory that will be considered mandatory by most of this tablet's userbase, with the device's one year warranty also proving too short for most consumers.     

 Surface Go £379Surface Go  £509
 OSWindows 10 (In S mode) Windows 10 (In S mode) 
Weight522 grams 522 grams 
Storage64GB eMMC128GB SSD
Display10-inch PixelSense Touch Display
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 4415Y 

WiFi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology


1 x USB-C
3.5 mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
Surface Type Cover port
microSDXC card reader

Camera Front-facing5.0 MP with 1080p Skype HD Video
Camera Rear-facing8.0 MP with autofocus camera with 1080P video
Audio2W stereo speakers
GraphicsIntel HD 615
Included in box

Surface Go
Power supply
Quick start guide
Safety and warranty documents

Microsoft reveals their £379 Surface Go

While the form factor of Microsoft's new Surface Go tablet is impressive, the device itself will be undesirable outside of the "I need a small, portable device to use Microsoft Office on" crowd. The Surface Go offers a price tag that will be too high for budget users (considering the device's lack of a keyboard at stock) and is underpowered when compared to most modern laptops, making the device undesirable for a large number of potential users. 

While this is an admirable effort from Microsoft, their device is difficult to recommend outside of niche use cases. Would you buy a Windows PC that lacks a full-sized USB port? 

You can join the discussion on Microsoft's Surface Go tablet PC on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

10-07-2018, 13:57:37

It's a better deal than the old Surface 3. Slightly more expensive but faster. However it is still over priced when compared to the tougher competition out there with chromebooks.

If it a had low power i3 CPU, DDR4 memory, standard 128GB, and actually came with the pen and keyboard it would be worth the cost.

It's stupid to see a cheap item costing over $700 for the best model because of accessories which are a requirement for a PC.Quote

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