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As expected, Microsoft’s new Surface Go 4 is a compact tablet that should bring a big speed boost over the Surface Go 3, thanks to Intel N200 Alder Lake-N processor, which Microsoft says delivers up to 80% faster performance than the Pentium Gold 6500Y and Core i3-10100Y chips used in that model.

That’s the good news. The bad news? Microsoft has introduced the Surface Go 4 for Business, but the company hasn’t announced any plans to sell the tablet directly to consumers yet. Update: While it’s officially designed for business, anyone can buy the tablet from the Microsoft Store for $580 and up.

Like all Surface tablets, the Surface Go 4 is positioned as a 2-in-1 device, with support for an optional Surface Go Type Cover or Signature Type Cover with an integrated keyboard as well as support for a Surface Pen, Classroom Pen, Business Pen, or other digital pens that support the Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0.

The tablet has a built-in kickstand that can be adjusted at angles up to 165 degrees, and a magnesium chassis that only comes in a single color (so far): platinum.

Positioned for business and education usage, the tablet ships with Windows 11 Pro or Windows 10 Pro and comes with a 24W power supply. Microsoft says users should get “up to” 12.5 hours of battery life, but it’s probably best to take that claim with a grain of salt if you’re doing anything more demanding than playing videos.

Here’s how the new tablet stacks up against its predecessor:

Surface Go 4 for BusinessSurface Go 3
Display10.5 inches
1920 x 1280 pixels
220 ppi
3:2 aspect ratio
10-point multitouch
Gorilla Glass 3
ProcessorIntel N200
4-cores / 4-threads
Up to 3.7 GHz
Intel 7
Intel Core i3-10110Y
2-cores / 4-threads
Up to 3.9 GHz
Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
2-cores / 4-threads
Up to 3.4 GHz
GraphicsIntel UHD (32 eu, up to 750 MHz)Intel UHD 615 (24 eu, 300MHz – 1 GHz)
Intel UHD 615 (23 eu, 300 MHz – 900 MHz)
4GB or 8GB
Storage64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
256GB SSD (LTE model)
Ports1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSDXC card reader
1 x Surface Type Cover port
1 x Surface Connect port
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE (optional)
SensorsAmbient Light
Cameras8MP (1080p) rear
1080p / IR front
8MP (1080p) rear
5MP (1080p) IR front
Audio2W stereo speakers
2 x far-field Studio Mics
Dimensions245 x 175 x 8.3mm
9.7″ x 6.9″ x 0.3″
Weight521 grams
1.15 pounds
544 grams
1.2 pounds

Interestingly, Microsoft isn’t showing a 4G LTE or 5G option for the new tablet, but it’s possible that we could see some sort of cellular option added in the future.

Prices for the Surface Go 4 for Business are expected to start at $579 for a model with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (for business customers)

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  1. It is microsoft and they still cant compete with a mediocre android tablet?

  2. Hopefully 4G/5G isn’t restricted to the ARM version (unless it’s been canceled) and regular people can buy single units.

    I plan on finally upgrading my Surface Go 1 LTE.

  3. I remember getting a “business” version of a Surface Go directly from Microsoft. It was with LTE and higher storage. I think it was the storage that was locked behind the business version.

    I wonder if regular people can get this too if there really is no consumer version or it’s only sold directly to businesses.