Microsoft has announced a new and cheaper Surface tablet. The Surface Go has been officially launched with a £379/US$399 price tag and Windows 10 S. Here's everything you need to know.

The first thing to make clear is that this isn't the long rumoured Surface mini or the dual-screen device codenamed Andromeda. This is closest to the Surface 3 which came with an Intel Atom processor and a cheaper price tag compared to the Pro versions.

This is Microsoft's answer to the new iPad for 2018 and, to some extent, devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Amazon Fire HD 10.

How much does the Surface Go cost?

The new Surface Go is even cheaper than the Surface 3, $100 cheaper in fact at £379/$399. A model with better specs will cost £509/$549.

That will get you the tablet alone, with a separate Surface Go Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen each costing £99/$99. The coloured keyboards - burgundy, cobalt and platinum – cost $129. The Surface Mobile Mouse is $39.

Microsoft Surface Go

When will the Surface Go be on sale?

The Surface Go is on sale now in the UK and US, and is available from Microsoft's website here.

Microsoft said: "Surface Go will be available for pre-order beginning on July 10 in the following markets, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain."

At first the Surface Go will only be available in a Wi-Fi only model with an LTE version coming later in 2018.

What are the Surface Go specs?

To achieve a lower price point, the Surface Go has a combination of lower specs and Windows 10 S.

Specifically, it will ship with Windows 10 Home in S Mode although a commercial variant will ship with Windows 10 Pro.

Two of the main differences when comparing the Surface Go with the Surface Pro (2017) is that is has a smaller screen and a lower tier processor. Read our comparison of the Surface Go vs Surface Pro.

So there's a 10in IPS screen (1200x1800) and an Intel Pentium 4415Y processor, a 1.6GHz 'Gold' chip which sits at the bottom of the firm's 7th-gen Kaby Lake family.

Microsoft Surface Go tablet

That base price of $399 will get you a Surface Go with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. However, it will also come in a model with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The commercial version will have a 256GB SSD.

Other specs include USB-C, a headphone jack, microSD card slot, 5Mp front camera with Windows Hello and an estimated nine hour battery life.

The specs mean that that the Surface Go is compact enough to fit on an aeroplane tray table with the seat in front reclined, according to Microsoft.

Here are all the Surface Go specs:

  • Display: 10in (1200x1800) IPS, 10-point touch
  • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Pentium 4415Y (7th-gen Kaby Lake)
  • Graphics: Intel HD 615 (integrated)
  • Memory: 4GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC/128GB SSD (256GB SSD in the commercial model)
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0 Type C, 1 Surface Connector, microSD, headphone jack
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, LTE later in 2018
  • Cameras: 5Mp front (Windows Hello-capable), 8Mp rear (with autofocus)
  • Battery: 27Wh, 9 hours (estimated) of battery life
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home in S Mode (Windows 10 Pro for commercial model)
  • Dimensions and weight: 245 x 175 x 8.3mm, 522g