Lightweight, compact and powerful, the Microsoft’s Surface Go is aimed at busy professionals. Microsoft’s launch of the Surface Go in Singapore brings their popular Windows ecosystem into a travel-friendly 10-inch form factor, perfect for professionals and everyday productivity.
Announced in the US at a price of USD 399 (SGD 543), the is Surface Go perfectly positioned to compete against Apple’s formidable iPad, while bringing on board pen support. In Singapore, however, the device starts at SGD 618, $50 more than anticipated.
Launching for preorders in Singapore today, the Surface Go doesn’t stray far from the aesthetics those familiar with Microsoft’s Surface line are used to. With an integrated kick-stand and detachable keyboard, the Go’s small size is its main differentiator. Starting at SGD 618, the Surface Go is still a strong competitor to the 9.7-inch iPad.
Apart from its size and price, nothing much has changed from Microsoft’s other current Surface Pro models. It keeps the full functionality of the kick-stand, webcam with integrated Windows Hello facial recognition unlock, and similar I/O – with the same magnetic Surface Connector for charging and docking.
The Surface Go even has the volume and wake buttons on the same spot, along with the magnetic portion that allows the convenient attachment of the Surface Pen.
Powered on, however, the Surface Go begins to tell itself apart. It comes preinstalled with Windows 10S, the diminutive device is limited to Microsoft’s Edge browser and applications found on the Microsoft Store. This possibly is in a move to encourage users to stick to the lighter operating system that squeezes the most out of its diminished specifications. With Intel’s 7th generation dual-core Pentium Gold 4415Y processor on board, and starting at 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, it is not difficult to see why these concerns persist.
Microsoft claims nine hours of battery life resulting from the prudent use of components that allow for a thin and fanless design.
Despite this limitation, the Microsoft Surface Go is upgradable to the full version of Windows 10 for free. It is also able to support up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Wi-Fi models will be initially released before LTE-equipped versions arrive on the market next year.
At this form factor, the Microsoft Surface Go is evidently attempting to challenge the iPad’s virtually-unopposed dominance of the market for compact productivity devices, especially with its attractive price tag, inking ability, and built-in keyboard support with the kickstand. However, with its limited Chromebook-esque specifications, and a large iOS App Store to compete with, the Surface Go has a ways to go to stand a real chance against it.
The base model of the Surface Go will retail at SGD 618 and is available for pre-order from the Microsoft Surface Store, Acommerce, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Elush, Harvey Norman, and Newstead.
Business purchases can be directed toward Microsoft’s authorised resellers that include AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd, JK Technology Pte Ltd, and UIC Asian Computer Services Pte Ltd.