In addition to the Surface Laptop Studio 2 and the Surface Laptop Go 3, Microsoft announced the fourth generation of the Surface Go, its smallest tablet running Windows 11. Unlike its bigger brothers, the Surface Pro 9 and 9 5G, the Surface Go 4 includes a 10.5-inch display, a less powerful processor and a much more reasonable price tag.
Microsoft equipped the Surface Go 4 with an Intel N200 processor, which gives this small tablet up to 4.5 times more power than the original Surface Go from 2018. Thanks to a more efficient processor, the tablet can work for up to 12.5 hours on a single charge.
Although the Surface Go 4 doesn’t have a dedicated NPU like the Surface Laptop Studio 2, it still supports some of Windows 11’s AI-powered features, such as “Voice Clarity” to improve video conferencing.
All versions of the Surface Go 4 will be available with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is a marked upgrade over the previous-generation Surface Go and its paltry (and frankly) 4GB of RAM in the base configuration. Microsoft has also ditched the slow eMMC storage in favor of a more robust UFS version, with storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Microsoft’s new entry-level Windows tablet is visually similar to its predecessor, but don’t let the looks fool you—the company has reworked the tablet’s internals to allow you to replace almost any component possible:
- Battery and back cover.
- Kick position.
- MicroSDXC card reader.
- cover connector type.
- front camera.
- Rear camera.
- Windows Hello camera.
The Surface Go 4 will be available in October 2023. However, Microsoft will only sell it through commercial channels, which probably explains why the company didn’t mention the device during its special event in New York. The base version of the Surface Go 4 with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS storage will set you back $579.