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CostCo advertises a previously-unannounced Surface Go configuration that includes a type cover in the box

The Microsoft Surface Go is an ultraportable 10-inch 2-in-1, and CostCo is offering a previously unannounced configuration. (Source: Microsoft)
The Microsoft Surface Go is an ultraportable 10-inch 2-in-1, and CostCo is offering a previously unannounced configuration. (Source: Microsoft)
The Surface Go created a bit of a splash when Microsoft announced it two weeks ago. The ultracompact 10-inch 2-in-1 is the spiritual successor to the non-Pro Surface 3, but with the advantage of using a higher spec'd x86 processor for smoother performance. CostCo is now advertising a new configuration that wasn't announced at launch, including the Type Cover at no additional cost.

CostCo is now advertising a new variant of the Microsoft Surface Go that wasn’t included in the original announcement. It includes 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD, and the alcantara Type Cover for US$549.

Its size and portability put it in direct competition with Windows 10 ARM devices, trading in the always-connected functionality and standby battery life in favor of improved performance. This led us to wonder whether this endangered Windows 10 ARM’s future, or whether this was just Microsoft providing another surface sub-category. The expected appearance of devices using the customized Snapdragon 850 later in the year will help answer this question.

All models use the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y 1.6 GHz 2C/4T processor, but Microsoft’s announcement included a US$399 version with 4 GB RAM / 64 GB eMMC drive and a US$549 version with 8 GB RAM / 128 GB SSD. Neither of these versions come with the type cover accessory, which is an additional US$99.

The 4 GB variant is acceptable for those who plan to leave the tablet in Windows 10 ‘S mode,’ but eMMC storage is a bit of a drag in a computer and 64 GB doesn’t leave much space once Windows 10 with its wide-ranging hardware support is installed. The CostCo SKU provides larger and faster storage while trading 4 GB of RAM for a US$99 accessory. While the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage model converted to full Windows 10 and with type cover (total: US$648) will have the best performance and longevity, those planning to stay in Windows 10 S mode will probably find that the CostCo version offers better value.

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Craig Ward, 2018-07-23 (Update: 2018-07-24)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.