Microsoft Releases Surface Go LTEby Brett Howse on November 12, 2018 11:25 AM EST
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Earlier this year, Microsoft launched their lower cost, smaller Surface Go. With a display size of 10 inches, and weighing 1.15 lbs, or 515 grams, it’s a more portable version of the popular Surface Pro.
Today Microsoft is announcing a new LTE variant for those that want to use the convertible PC even more on the go. The Surface Go has been paired with the Qualcomm X16 modem, which is the same modem they used in the Surface Pro LTE.
|Microsoft Surface Go|
|Surface Go Specifications|
|CPU||Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Kaby Lake-Y)
2 core, 4 thread, 1.6 GHz base frequency
|GPU||Intel HD 615
24 EUs 850 MHz boost frequency
1800x1200 3:2 aspect
216 Pixels Per Inch
Surface Pen support
|Dimensions||245 x 175 x 8.3 mm
9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
|Weight||515 grams (WiFi)
1.15 lbs (WiFi)
|RAM||4 or 8 GB LPDDR3-1866|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC
128 / 256 GB NVMe SSD optional
|Wireless||802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.1
Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Optional
Cat 9 modem, 22 bands, 450 Mbps download speed
|Battery||Up to 9 hours of video playback
|Cameras||Windows Hello IR camera
5 MP Front Camera with 1080p video
8 MP Rear Camera with 1080p video
|Ports||USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 with power delivery
8GB/128 GB LTE $679
Windows 10 Pro $50 extra
The new Surface Go LTE is available for pre-order now, starting at $679, which is a $130 increase over the same 8 GB / 128 GB Wi-Fi model, or $729 for commercial customers which will probably mean a bump up to Windows 10 Pro.
The new model will be available in 23 markets by November 22, and more are coming after that.
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TheinsanegamerN - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkI was considering one of these, as windows gives me access to my games (CIV V is windows only, FTL can only be played on iOS or windows, no android version). While the $679 price smarts a bit, it seems like a great deal compared to $750 ipads (limited to iOS) and the $650 tab S4 (limited to android).
I only wish it had better battery life. 9 hours only seems doable, according to reviews, by playing media from local storage. Any kind of game or regular office work renders a ~6 hour battery life. Making it slightly thicker, with a bigger battery and a full size USB A port, would be awesome (and while I'm dreaming, a more powerful GPU. The fact these chips have the same GPU capability as my 6 year old thinkpad is just sad).
Will still seriously consider the LTE Go though, as the alternatives typically use much weaker hardware or are limited to mobile operating systems.
lazybum131 - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkBattery life of the Go is definitely a weakness, I'm only averaging about 5 hrs with slightly higher brightness. But I don't think increasing thickness is the way to go, it's already a bit chunky compared to the iPad and Android tablets. I've actually found myself holding it with the kickstand out and just that bit of extra thinness makes it easier to hold.
Not that a larger capacity battery isn't possible. It only has a 26.1Wh battery, less capacity than an iPad that has a 32.4Wh one. The latest LG gram 13 and Samsung Notebook 9 13" both have higher capacity batteries compared to their predecessors without increasing weight (71Wh and 75Wh respectively up from around 55-60Wh). Seems like a 35Wh battery wouldn't be impossible for a feature iteration of a Go, nearly 35% more.
Add increased power efficiency with a newer generation processor as shown from 8th gen Intel chips and it would get the Go to a respectable level of battery life.
Impulses - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkHow is standby time? I heard it wasn't so hot either and just a couple days off charger would leave it drained... Ideally the Go would be the perfect replacement for my aging Android tablet (since that market just about died), being more capable and versatile overall... But just like with the original (vanilla) Surface there's just a couple small things that keep me from biting as currently priced.
Hopefully they don't go a bunch of years without updating it again... I really want something like the Surface Go much more than a Chromebook or some of the other more limited mobile OS options, but for the price I could just about buy a low end ultrabook as well, hrm.
Death666Angel - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkThis being a windows device, it has 2 to 3 standby modes and several options to tinker with. If you want great standby battery time and decently fast resume you can use hibernation (which saves RAM on the solid state media), if you want faster resume at the cost of battery life (RAM has to be kept active along with some other things) use standby. You can then configure standby wifi connections etc. which will drain the battery faster or slower.
I myself have a Win10 8" tablet (Asus Note8 MT80A) and it is a pretty good media consumption deivce. The Win store has a decent number of good apps now and even popular non store apps are touch aware now. It is much improved compared to Win 8. Some settings are stil a pain and some apps (mostly productive) are horrible on a smaller screen without a mouse or stylus.
lazybum131 - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkJust tested standby time today, it's 1% an hour in sleep. I left it in sleep while I was at work and it drained 8% in 8.5 hrs. By default it would've hibernated after a few hours but I've turned that off except when it reaches critical 3% battery.
I too hope they update the Go yearly, get that battery life and performance up. But Microsoft is really limited by Intel, perhaps pressure from Qualcomm's Windows on Arm or if AMD's Zen2 has a ULV APU part will allow them to use a Core m3 part.
Really for the higher SKUs, especially these LTE models with such a large price premium, they could offer the m3.
darwiniandude - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkYou need to consider your options. There are pros and cons to each. iPad Pro is far more powerful especially in the GPU department. All iOS games can be played well in tablet mode, obviously. Some iOS games support external MFi controllers. Most windows games still need a keyboard and mouse, in my experience anyway. Do you want a gaming tablet or a gaming PC? I think the Surface Go is neither.
tamalero - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkAny info on the new surface books?
digiguy - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkGiven the SB2 has already quad core CPU and USB C I don't except any update until at least one more year...
Valantar - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkThis is a very compelling device, it's just a shame that it's priced into oblivion. Granted, Norwegian prices are noticeably worse than US prices. Usually OEMs and distributors eat some margin or at least keep US price parity due to our 25% VAT (as in: prices when converted to USD are usually </=25% higher than US retail prices), but instead, MS demands NOK 4499 for the base 4/64 Surface Go, which translates to $530 or $423 with VAT subtracted. And that's before adding the required keyboard cover and pen, both of which have similarly hiked-up prices. So for what's essentially a modern-day netbook (albeit one that would be very useful, unlike netbooks of old), I'd be paying something like $800 - with 4GB of RAM and a tiny SSD, both of which IMO need an upgrade to be useful, lifting the base cost of the device to $700, and the total close to $1000. That's simply not acceptable. Even with the discount I get from working at a university, it's still far too expensive.
peevee - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link"which translates to $530 or $423 with VAT subtracted"
$423 is not that different from $399.