Last night, Microsoft unveiled their new hardware, including the top-of-the-line Surface Laptop Studio 2, the budget-friendly Surface Laptop Go 3, and the Surface Hub 3 for conference room displays. However, Microsoft also quietly announced their fourth piece of hardware, only on their website. That is the Surface Go 4 for Business, a small tablet that is exclusively targeted towards enterprise customers (there is still no Surface Go 4 for general consumers).
Microsoft made it clear that the target audience for the Surface Go 4 for Business is frontline workers, rather than desk-based workers. Examples of frontline workers include retail salespeople, restaurant order takers, warehouse checkers, and construction site surveyors. The device is specifically designed to compete with the popular 10.9″ iPad in the same market, but it emphasizes ease of maintenance and component replacement, including the display, motherboard, and built-in stand.
The device features an Intel Processor N200 (previously Pentium), 8GB LPDDR5 RAM (starting at 4GB in previous models), UFS storage starting at 64GB and maxing out at 256GB, a 10.5″ 1920×1280 display, weighing 521 grams without the keyboard. The battery life has been improved to a maximum of 12.5 hours, up from 11 hours in previous models. The accessories, including the Surface Pen and keyboard, are compatible with previous versions of the Surface Go. It has detailed specifications.
Currently, the price and release date have not been disclosed, but Windows Central estimates that it will start at $579.
TLDR: Microsoft announced the Surface Go 4 for Business, a tablet targeted towards frontline workers in competition with the iPad. It focuses on easy maintenance and component replacement, boasting improved specs compared to its predecessor, while accessories for the previous model remain compatible. The price and release date are yet to be revealed.