Microsoft's 'cheap' Surface might make its official debut this week

Microsoft Surface affordable tablet passes the FCC

Microsoft Surface affordable tablet passes the FCC

When used with the Surface Go's built-in kickstand, it provides a reliable laptop-esque typing setup.

The new US$399 "Surface Go" has a ten-inch screen and comes in a tablet form factor. It is available for pre-order in a few countries starting July 10 and will start shipping on August 2. You have to buy a Surface Go Type Cover (black) for $99 or a Signature Type Cover with Alcantara (Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, or Platinum) for $129.

Worst of all, the bezels are insanely large, making Surface Go look quite ugly.

It's been rumored for a long time now that Microsoft was working on a tinier Surface: Microsoft released the 10.8-inch Surface 3 back in 2015, but there hasn't been anything even sort of like it since. The Surface Go promises to offer the full blown Surface experience on a budget.

On the I/O front, it got USB Type-C 3.1, Surface Connect, MicroSD card slot, and 3.5mm audio jack. Thankfully, Microsoft today announces a new computer that puts Surface in reach of more people. It has also rounded the corners a bit compared to the latest Surface Pro, but overall, it's the same familiar magnesium design Surface users have come to expect. The company tweeted out the leading question "Where will Surface go next?" along with an image of the full lineup - the Pro, Laptop, Book 2 and swiveling all-in-one Studio. The tablet runs on an Intel Pentium 4415Y dual-core processor, with a base clock frequency of 1.6 GHz, a tdp of 6W and associated Intel HD Graphics 615.

Judging by price and size, it's clear that the new Surface Go is a direct competitor to the 9.7-inch 6th generation Apple iPad that retails for slightly less than Microsoft's tablet. The base model ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash storage, while the top-end model comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. We last reported the devices cleared the FCC, and have also noted that they could be powered by Intel's low-priced Pentium processor.

The newly-leaked document doesn't reveal anything else about the device, but given the number of leaks it has already suffered, there's not much we don't know. The Surface tablet itself will also be 20% lighter than the Surface Pro line, coming in at an oddly specific 562g. An LTE cellular data version will be released later this year, the company said. The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S, a version of Windows that will only support apps that are available in the Windows app store.