Employees who work outside of the normal confines of an office environment will find much to like in Microsoft's latest Surface hardware line.
The silver magnesium case and 165-degree adjustable kickstand define the product line. There are two models available with both using the same 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold CPU (4415Y). The difference between the entry-level and high-end models is the RAM (4GB/8GB) and the storage devices (64GB eMMC/128GB SSD). Otherwise, they both have the same ports and other features including a 10” PixelSense display (1800 x 1200) with multi-touch and inking support. As a bonus in this price category, the front-facing camera on Surface Go fully supports Windows Hello. The entry-level model retails for $399 while the high-end unit is priced at $549.
Since the device has full touch support, the accessories are not necessary if they're going to be implemented with front-line workers. Surface Go comes with Windows 10 in S Mode, so users can sign into the cloud-based Azure Active Directory and the device can be managed with Microsoft’s Intune software for updates and maintenance.
Surface Go is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada will add more than 20 additional countries later this month. It will be available to more than 35 countries by October. An LTE based model is expected later this year.
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