Microsoft Engineer Dives Deep Into Surface Go’s Design

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:

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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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  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    10 July, 2018 - 9:19 am

    <p>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.</p>

    • TheJoeFin

      Premium Member
      10 July, 2018 - 9:41 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290160"><em>In reply to gregsedwards:</em></a></blockquote><p>it is not Thunderbolt3, is that a deal breaker for eGPU?</p>

      • Stokkolm

        10 July, 2018 - 1:02 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#290190"><em>In reply to TheJoeFin:</em></a></blockquote><p>Yup</p>

    • nbates66

      10 July, 2018 - 9:35 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#290160"><em>In reply to gregsedwards:</em></a></blockquote><p><em>The CPU would have been too much of a bottleneck for an eGPU to be worth it anyway, this type-C port supports video output, data and power for charging but not thunderbolt so no eGPU's.</em></p><p><br></p>

  • Jules Wombat

    10 July, 2018 - 10:14 am

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

    • jaredthegeek

      Premium Member
      10 July, 2018 - 11:21 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290234"><em>In reply to Jules_Wombat:</em></a></blockquote><p>Its a tablet, you need somewhere to hold it that is not screen.</p>

      • Chris Payne

        10 July, 2018 - 1:17 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#290249"><em>In reply to jaredthegeek:</em></a></blockquote><p>The ipad accomplishes that goal perfectly well while having much smaller bevels.</p>

        • Hifihedgehog2

          10 July, 2018 - 3:52 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#290335"><em>In reply to unkinected:</em></a></blockquote><p>I have seen too many accidentally tap the screen edges on the narrow bezelled 10.5” iPad Pro and iPad Mini so I have to disagree.</p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      11 July, 2018 - 11:23 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290234"><em>In reply to Jules_Wombat:</em></a></blockquote><p>Why? Does every device have to be the same? Some people might enjoy a larger bezel. Especially someone with big hands. Or someone putting one in a huge rugged case.</p>

  • MikeGalos

    10 July, 2018 - 11:38 am

    <p>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.</p><p>Runs vertical market applications with full legacy application support</p><p>No fan so no sparking</p><p>No air intakes to clog</p><p>Full shift power</p><p>NFC</p><p>Availability of ruggedized cases meeting standards</p><p><br></p>


      10 July, 2018 - 11:53 am

      <blockquote><a href="#290278"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>LOL!! I feel sorry for them. This device is more like a K-8 educational toy.</p>

    • MikeGalos

      10 July, 2018 - 12:07 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#290278"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>Additionally, the timing of the announcement wasn't "back to school", it was "get it ordered before the end of the Fiscal Year".</p><p><br></p><p>Clearly while Surface Go is a great low-end device, that's gravy. The industrial sales will cover the development costs.</p><p><br></p>

    • skane2600

      11 July, 2018 - 4:10 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#290278"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>They should probably plan on hiring people with small hands for their shop-floor work. </p>

    • jrickel96

      11 July, 2018 - 11:53 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#290278"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>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. </p><p><br></p><p>Same for sports teams. They can run applications they cannot run on iPad or Android with this. </p><p><br></p><p>There are a lot of people in these markets that took notice on this. </p><p><br></p><p>I travel a lot and the amount of Surface products I see professionals using is high. This is just another notch in that portfolio.</p>

  • Siv

    10 July, 2018 - 1:38 pm

    <p>I wish it was $400 inc pen and touch cover?</p>

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