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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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Microsoft Engineer Dives Deep Into Surface Go’s Design”

  1. gregsedwards

    It has USB-C with full support for data? I wonder about connecting it to an external GPU. If you can do that, then I’m sold.

  2. Jules Wombat

    That wide bezel may have been acceptable in 2015, not so much in a 2018 device.

  3. MikeGalos

    And there in the video is the key target market. Surface Go has the pricing and design to be the new standard for shop-floor industrial computing.

    Runs vertical market applications with full legacy application support

    No fan so no sparking

    No air intakes to clog

    Full shift power


    Availability of ruggedized cases meeting standards


      In reply to MikeGalos:

      LOL!! I feel sorry for them. This device is more like a K-8 educational toy.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Additionally, the timing of the announcement wasn't "back to school", it was "get it ordered before the end of the Fiscal Year".

      Clearly while Surface Go is a great low-end device, that's gravy. The industrial sales will cover the development costs.

    • skane2600

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      They should probably plan on hiring people with small hands for their shop-floor work.

    • jrickel96

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      I've already heard from people in the healthcare industry about how excited they are for this device. It is HIPAA compliant, small, and inexpensive.

      Same for sports teams. They can run applications they cannot run on iPad or Android with this.

      There are a lot of people in these markets that took notice on this.

      I travel a lot and the amount of Surface products I see professionals using is high. This is just another notch in that portfolio.

  4. Siv

    I wish it was $400 inc pen and touch cover?