I got a lot of questions over the past 24hrs about the new tablet from Microsoft…and here are the answers to your questions.
Premium Member16 July, 2018 - 2:12 am
<p>As a Surface 3 LTE user the changes and improvements in the Surface Go are most welcome, particularly the fast charging (the micro USB is a real pain) and the NVMe storage on the higher models (eMMC gets maxed out very quickly, particularly by Windows Update…)</p><p><br></p><p>The reduction in screen size is a little perplexing, I would have thought if anything they would have kept the same physical dimension and reduced the bezels somewhat, although it still needs to operate well in touch mode.</p><p><br></p><p>The price change for the basic model is more headline grabbing than useful, I wouldn't recommend it for anyone, but for USD700 (SSD model with keyboard) it is a very desirable portable device, certainly an aspirational device for that segment.</p><p><br></p><p>For me I won't by buying it. I use my Surface 3 for note taking (yes, one of the pen users) during meetings at work. Some of these meetings can last hours and so battery life is critical to me. The Surface 3 just about gets by although it is frustrating to charge during any downtime, however I had hoped that the Surface Go would feature a Qualcomm 850 processor for that instant on and massive battery life experience.</p><p><br></p><p>With the Surface Go now an Intel machine, I wonder if Microsoft would be able to release a v2 model which is Qualcomm based or would it lead to massive confusion. Clearly Microsoft has to support Qualcomm with a Surface device at some point but not now as quite rightly the software ecosystem isn't there – hopefully in a years time, enough companies would have ported their apps using the ARM64 SDK (Chrome, Firefox, Photoshop etc.) to make the jump. </p><p><br></p><p>My Surface 3 will continue to limp along with its eMMC storage and Atom processor until that point.</p>