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Microsoft Surface Go: Stylish 2-in-1 at an Affordable Price (Tech Review)

Overall, the Surface Go stands out for its affordable rates, portability, decent battery life and also for offering enriched media experience

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

By Gokul Bhagabati

The onslaught of the Android may have dealt a severe blow to Microsoft’s hardware ambitions but the “Surface” brand has not only survived but also appears to be ready to write a new success story with the launch of the Surface Go two-in-one.

Surface Go allows you to link your Android or iPhone so that you can continue to do on your PC what you were doing on your smartphone.

The device was launched in India at Rs 38,599 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant and the 8GB RAM and 128GB variant at Rs Rs 50,999. With discounts on Flipkart, they started becoming available at lower than the announced price.

The device also supports inking with the Surface Pen but there is a caveat: You will have to shell out some extra money if you want the Type Cover and the Surface Pen.

Let’s see how the 8GB RAM and 128GB variant fared during our use.

The Surface Go looks so slim, light (just about half a kg) and stylish that holding it once immediately arouses the cells in the brain responsible for instilling in people a protective feeling. That cuts the chances of dropping the device, the screen of which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

In fact, with the Surface Go, carrying your PC ceases to become a pain as the device can easily fit into almost any bag, without adding much to the weight of your luggage.

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Microsoft Surface Go starts shipping in India. (IANS)

The detachable Type Cover is also quite light but the power adapter is a little bulky.

The 10-inch, two-in-one device brings to users the benefits of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, making buyers ready for use of the device from the word go.

If you get tired of holding the device in your hands, you can also make it stand on any flat surface with the help of the hinged kickstand which can be easily folded back.

The feature makes the device particularly suitable for media consumption — streaming videos or movies. We also liked the sound that the dual speakers produced.

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Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, the device comes equipped with 5MP front camera and an 8MP autofocus rear camera.

COnclusion: Overall, the Surface Go stands out for its affordable rates, portability, decent battery life and also for offering enriched media experience.

In fact, the device is much cheaper than its competitors Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, both of which are a little lighter and yet sport slightly bigger displays than the Surface Go. (IANS)

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India to Launch Electronic Intelligence Satellite Soon

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO

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TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this conceptual illustration obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018. NASA sent TESS into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. VOA

India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.

After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.

This will be followed by bringing the rocket down further to 485 km when the fourth stage/engine will turn into a payload platform carrying three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said.

The whole flight sequence will take about 180 minutes from the rocket’s lift off slated at 9.30 a.m. on April 1.

The 28 international customer satellites (24 from US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland)- will weigh about 220 kg.

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“It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.

On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors.

The Indian space agency also has two more PSLV variants, viz Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL.

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The ISRO selects the kind of rocket to be used based on the weight of satellites it carries.

The ISRO will also be launching two more defence satellites sometime in July or August with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO. (IANS)