Microsoft Releases Surface Go LTEby Brett Howse on November 12, 2018 11:25 AM EST
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Earlier this year, Microsoft launched their lower cost, smaller Surface Go. With a display size of 10 inches, and weighing 1.15 lbs, or 515 grams, it’s a more portable version of the popular Surface Pro.
Today Microsoft is announcing a new LTE variant for those that want to use the convertible PC even more on the go. The Surface Go has been paired with the Qualcomm X16 modem, which is the same modem they used in the Surface Pro LTE.
|Microsoft Surface Go|
|Surface Go Specifications|
|CPU||Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Kaby Lake-Y)
2 core, 4 thread, 1.6 GHz base frequency
|GPU||Intel HD 615
24 EUs 850 MHz boost frequency
1800x1200 3:2 aspect
216 Pixels Per Inch
Surface Pen support
|Dimensions||245 x 175 x 8.3 mm
9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
|Weight||515 grams (WiFi)
1.15 lbs (WiFi)
|RAM||4 or 8 GB LPDDR3-1866|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC
128 / 256 GB NVMe SSD optional
|Wireless||802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.1
Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Optional
Cat 9 modem, 22 bands, 450 Mbps download speed
|Battery||Up to 9 hours of video playback
|Cameras||Windows Hello IR camera
5 MP Front Camera with 1080p video
8 MP Rear Camera with 1080p video
|Ports||USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1 with power delivery
8GB/128 GB LTE $679
Windows 10 Pro $50 extra
The new Surface Go LTE is available for pre-order now, starting at $679, which is a $130 increase over the same 8 GB / 128 GB Wi-Fi model, or $729 for commercial customers which will probably mean a bump up to Windows 10 Pro.
The new model will be available in 23 markets by November 22, and more are coming after that.
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stanleyipkiss - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkThat extra $50 for Windows 10 Pro kinda smarts.
Flunk - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkYou don't need Pro unless you need to put the device on a domain. Very few businesses would care about an additional $50.
notashill - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkThere are a bunch of features that are Pro-only. Deferring updates, Hyper-V, remote desktop server, group policy, bitlocker, device guard, WDAG, etc. Certainly not everybody but I think a decent number of businesses are going to want at least one of those.
Reflex - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkYes, those are all useful features, but not on a Surface Go.
TheinsanegamerN - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkWhat makes these features inherently less useful on a surface go VS a surface pro?
Samus - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkI would argue bitlocker is essential on ANY mobile device.
Any IT dept with its head on straight requires Windows Pro for any device management, domain or otherwise. Hosted exchange / Office365 offer device management and policy options only available to Pro versions of Windows.
Granted a lot of these users will go to the Surface Pro but the Surface Go does fill a niche for a cheap portable to business users, especially in terms of LTE, weight and price.
Brett Howse - Monday, November 12, 2018 - linkSurface Go is already encrypted with Bitlocker out of the box, which is the same as most new Windows 10 devices such as this. It's a requirement of Modern Standby devices.
Samus - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkHow is it managed without windows Pro?
Wolfclaw - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkExcept with todays solid storage, Bitlocker is useless as it automatically tags it as a trusted device, when latest reports say most solid storage encryption is either non-fucntional or easy to break.
Anyway, the go is so under powered, who in their right mind would want one ?
Valantar - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - linkYep, Bitlocker is not limited to Pro. There are some Bitlocker features that are limited to pro, but not Bitlocker in general.