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Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Microsoft has released a nice competitor to Apple’s iPad

Microsoft has released a nice competitor to Apple’s iPad

The Surface Go is a smaller (10-inch display), lighter (1.15 pounds) and cheaper ($399 to start) version of Microsoft's tablet computer, down to the kickstand on the rear and a magnesium design that reveals a strong family resemblance to its older Surface Pro 3 sibling, which has since been discontinued. It is expected to hit store shelves on August 2nd with an LTE version coming later this year.

However, the chipset is considerably less powerful than its Core i5/i7 counterparts.

The iPad 9.7 (2018) is now the cheapest way to get your hands on an Apple tablet.

If you're looking for speed, the Surface Go isn't for you. It's now available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store in most European countries and will expand to others within the coming weeks. The document explained that Microsoft Stores are preparing a "New Microsoft Hardware Display and Type Cover set on Friday, 7/13", implying new hardware being displayed by the end of this week.

Microsoft introduced the Surface Go, a smaller tablet computer that can be seen as a rival to Apple's iPad, Google's Chromebooks or relatively affordable Windows laptops.

Prices for the Surface Go start at $399 (around £300) but no upper limit has now been stated.

The Microsoft Surface Go with the Signature Type Cover. It follows a history of cheaper Surface models like the Surface RT and, most recently, the standard Surface 3, all of which weren't as popular as their Pro-branded counterparts.

The company is also offering a Surface Go that runs Windows 10 Pro, a version of the operating system that business customers use for its management features, for $449.

What the Surface Go lacks in power, it makes up for in portability.

Under the hood, the Microsoft Surface Go uses an Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y CPU and sports either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. But, it offers the best performance and long battery life. It also has high precision tuning and Windows Precision Trackpad that supports 5 point multi-finger gestures, and you can connect the new Surface Mobile Mouse to work the way that you want. The Surface Go has a built-in kickstand with an adjustable hinge. There's a headphone jack and a microSD card reader too. In comparison, the Surface Go offers an 1,800 x 1,200 display with a PPI of 217. So far, Microsoft hasn't disclosed details pertaining to screen and weight but they'll appear online in due time once pre-orders open up. In terms of size, Surface Go is a 10-inch, 520g touchscreen tablet that's 8.3mm thin, while iPad 9.7 measures 240 x 169.5mm and weighs 469g or 477g, depending on the model.

On the software side of things, the Go runs on Windows 10 S OS which is a trimmed down version of full-fledged Windows 10.

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