Nevertheless it's worthwhile taking a look at the Surface Go, as it indicates that Microsoft still views the small, cost-effective tablet space as having some merit.
The Surface Go certainly seems to fill a gap in the range for Microsoft and we were fans of the Surface 3, not least because it offered numerous advantages of Microsoft's brilliant 2-in-1 design from the full-blown Surface Pro.
It is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, offering up to nine hours of battery.
Microsoft Surface Go is the device that will be favored by those looking for a cheaper Surface Pro variant though performance is little bit compromised. The exact size of the battery of the Surface Go is yet to be revealed. An LTE-enabled model will then follow later in the year.
It's the price tag that will make it more appealing for many people, shaving several hundred dollars off the price of the latest version of the Surface Pro, which starts at $799. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device.
Microsoft made no mention of what version of Windows 10 this runs but, as it hasn't specifically stated it, it's likely you'll be working with Windows 10 Home instead of the pared-down Windows found on the Surface Laptop.
For security, the laptop comes with TPM 2.0 for Enterprise security and also has Windows Hello face authentication camera on the front which uses a 5 MP unit. Next up is the version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of solid-state storage and costs $549.
Accessories have also been announced, with the Surface Pen stylus coming in at £99, and the Surface Mobile Mouse for £35.
The Surface Go is available to pre-order now on its site from $599 with it hitting shelves August 2. As far as connectivity is concerned, it comes with Surface Connect for charging and docking; USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging; a headphone jack; and also a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.