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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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Huawei’s Laptop Removed From Microsoft Store: Report

US-based chip-makers Intel and Qualcomm would also need to follow the latest US government order

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA
Complying to US President Donald Trump’s executive order to crack down on Chinese tech companies, software giant Microsoft has removed Huawei laptops from the store, while remaining silent on the potential Windows ban.
A listing for the MateBook X Pro mysteriously disappeared over the weekend and searching for any Huawei hardware shows no results at the Microsoft Store. The software giant appears to have stopped selling Huawei’s MateBook X Pro at the company’s online store as well, The Verge reported on Tuesday.
Microsoft’s potential Windows ban could also affect Huawei’s server solutions. Microsoft and Huawei both operate a hybrid cloud solution for Microsoft’s Azure stack, using Microsoft-certified Huawei servers.
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FILE – The logos of Huawei are displayed at it retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Jan. 29, 2019. VOA
Over the weekend, Google cut off Huawei’s Android license but Microsoft stayed silent on whether it will prevent the Chinese company from obtaining Windows licenses.
For now, Huawei has been granted a 90-day extension to provide software updates to Android-powered handsets and maintain “continued operation of existing networks and equipment”.
However, this narrow extension does not seem to apply to Windows licenses for laptops, the report added.
US-based chip-makers Intel and Qualcomm would also need to follow the latest US government order. (IANS)