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HP Chromebook x2 variant sounds like the Surface Go

12 July 2018

With this configuration, you can do all sorts of tablet-y things-watch Netflix in bed, take digital notes with the stylus ($100 more), etc. -and also get "real" work done, using apps such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Lightroom.

Starting at $399, the Surface Go is a 10-inch device that may need a handful of accessories in order to achieve its potential. The tablet features a 10-inch display and weighs in at just 1.2 pounds (0.54KG). Although this is the cheapest Surface in the lineup, Microsoft spent a lot on the PixelSense screen and although it is a 10-incher, it has a decent 1800x1200 resolution, which adds up to 216 ppi of pixel density, and has a 1500:1 contrast ratio.

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According to Microsoft's pre-order page, the Surface Go starts at $400 for the for the base 4GB/64GB version, while the 8GB/128GB version sells for $550.

The same hinge found on the Surface Pro is present on the Surface Go and allows for 165 degrees of movement. The $400 price tag is nearly tempting until you consider the $99 Surface Pen and $99 Surface Type Cover you probably want to buy with it.

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As for cameras, you're looking at typical front and back cameras with a Windows Hello IR Camera for facial recognition security. The USB Type-C to Type-A adatper costs $19.99, while the one with Ethernet is $54.99. Storage options include 64GB of eMMC (Embedded Multimedia Card) or solid-state drives with either 128GB or 256GB of capacity. Microsoft says that you can expect 9 hours of battery life in the Surface Go, which isn't bad but isn't the best.

What do you think about the Surface Go tablet?

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While the starting price of the Surface Go is relatively low-priced, it's the accessories that will see the overall purchase price grow. The Go runs full Windows 10 (although the streamlined S Mode is engaged by default), and features a built-in kickstand that can rest at any angle, a high-resolution 3:2 touchscreen and the same magnesium design common to all the portable Surface devices. An LTE model is also set to arrive later this year. Did the price win you over, or is there something else that makes the new tablet a must have for you?

HP Chromebook x2 variant sounds like the Surface Go