For all of Microsoft’s claims about mobility, the Microsoft Floor lineup of Home windows tablets actually haven’t been all that transportable. The smaller, cheaper, lighter Floor Go introduced Tuesday morning hopes to vary all that, with a brand new 10-inch spin on the normal Floor pill.

No, this isn’t the Floor Mini, or the rumored two-screen gadget, “Andromeda.” The Floor Go is most paying homage to the Microsoft Surface 3, 2015’s quirky $499 Atom-powered pill that offered a less expensive different to the expensive Floor line. The Floor Go dives even decrease—costs will begin at simply $399 for a bare-bones mannequin with 4GB of reminiscence and 64GB of storage when it ships on August 2. (Preorders start July 10.) A keyboard will probably be bought individually, starting at $99, and the elective Floor Pen will price $99 as effectively.

Because the identify suggests, Microsoft designed the Floor Go for folks in movement: the gross sales exec who makes a fast edit or two to a presentation whereas at her daughter’s soccer follow, for instance. A Wi-Fi-only mannequin will ship first, adopted an LTE mannequin later in 2018. In response to a Microsoft spokesman, the distinction between the Floor Go and a tool just like the Floor Professional (2017) is a matter of levels: of worth, efficiency, and display dimension.

It’s additionally a matter of working system and processor. Microsoft will pre-load every Floor Go along with Home windows 10 S, particularly Home windows 10 Residence in S Mode. A industrial variant will ship with Home windows 10 Professional. The Floor Go is powered by a Pentium 4415Y “Gold” chip, the very backside of Intel’s Seventh-generation (Kaby Lake) household of Core processors.

What this implies: The Floor Go enters a pill house whose hottest gamers embrace the Android-based 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S3 for a lofty $599 and the much more inexpensive Amazon Fire HD 10 for a mere $150, in addition to, in fact, the dominant Apple iPad, which begins at $329. It seems that Microsoft is taking pictures for someplace within the center: a worth level low sufficient to broaden the Floor consumer base, and a function set that features a stylus and keyboard to maintain up with the Samsung and Apple competitors (The Hearth HD 10 has neither). 


Microsoft’s Floor Go ecosystem: the Floor Go, the up to date Floor Pen, and the Floor Cellular Mouse.

A Home windows pill for shoppers

There’s an enormous query on the coronary heart of this, although: Have Home windows customers been clamoring for a primary Home windows pill? The Floor Go does appear to be Microsoft’s reply to criticism that the Floor lineup has been simply too costly. 

The specs that comply with describe a small, modestly geared up pill that nobody will mistake for a Floor Professional—sufficiently small to suit on an airplane tray desk with the seat in entrance reclined, Microsoft says. It appears to have sufficient tools to deal with Home windows 10 S, at the least. Keep in mind that you’ll be restricted to utilizing apps from the Microsoft Retailer, and looking with Microsoft Edge. 

Floor Go: Fundamental specs

  • Show: 10-inch (1800×1200) IPS, 10-point contact
  • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Pentium 4415Y  (Kaby Lake)
  • Graphics: Intel HD 615 (built-in)
  • Reminiscence: 4GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC/128GB SSD (256GB SSD within the industrial mannequin)
  • Ports: 1 USB Kind C, 1 Floor Connector, microSD, headphone jack
  • Wi-fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, LTE later in 2018
  • Cameras: 5MP entrance (Home windows Hey-capable), 8MP rear (with autofocus)
  • Battery: 27Wh, 9 hours (estimated) of battery life
  • Working system: Home windows 10 Residence in S Mode (Home windows 10 Professional for industrial mannequin)
  • Dimensions and weight: 9.76 x  7.48 x zero.18 inches, 1.15 kilos (pill), 1.6 kilos (pill plus keyboard)
  • Worth: Beginning at $399. Keyboard is $99 (black) or $129 (burgundy, cobalt, platinum) 
Microsoft Surface Go Mark Hachman / IDG

You’ll be able to combine and match the Floor Go and its varied Alcantara-covered Kind Covers.

A brand new, smaller Floor to go

Microsoft mentioned that there will probably be two client variations of the Floor Go: one with 4GB of reminiscence and 64GB of SSD storage for $399, and an 8GB (reminiscence)/128GB (storage) model as effectively. With a keyboard, the most cost effective Floor Go will price just below $500. There can even be two industrial fashions with some beefier specs—the identical processor, however Four-8GB of reminiscence and a 256GB SSD. Up to now, the one costs Microsoft has launched have been for the LTE variations.

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