Microsoft Engineer Dives Deep Into Surface Go’s Design

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Microsoft Surface with 15 Comments

Overnight, Microsoft announced its newest Surface device, the Surface Go. This is Redmond’s cheapest, lightest Surface ever. The company has been working on this device for three years, after finally bringing it to the public last night.

We got to check out the Surface Go a few weeks before (checkout our hands-on here), and it’s a promising new budget Windows device that makes Surface accessible to more customers. Microsoft also released a new video, diving deep into the Surface Go’s design and technicalities of the hardware, which you can watch below:

There is a bunch of tiny information about the device’s hardware throughout the video. For example, Microsoft has included a Near Field sensor on the device that can be used to scan RFID tags by first line workers — after all, Microsoft is targeting its enterprise customers with the Go, as well as casual consumers and its education customers. The video also goes into detail about the new Type Cover, which includes a new scissor-switch mechanical keyset with 1mm key travel, and a larger precision glass trackpad.

Microsoft talks about the new charger as well, which is apparently half the size of the usual Surface chargers, capable of charging your Surface Go device from 0% to 100% in 2 hours with Intelligent Charging. The device lasts 9 hours with a full charge. And there is, of course, a new USB Type-C port that can be used to charge the device, as well as data transfer.

One of the more interesting components of the Surface Go is the low-end Intel processors. Microsoft says the company wanted to offer a no-compromise, predictable performance experience with the Go, thus opting for the classic Intel processors instead of something like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ARM processors.

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