Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

The Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Next Big Thing

The Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Next Big Thing

Its performance wasn't fantastic, but it was good enough for most common productivity tasks.

It runs a full version of Windows 10.

Microsoft has unveiled its challenger to the iPad.

Microsoft has just announced the Surface Go.

In order to compare the new Surface Go to the iPad, let's first take a look at the families of Surface devices and iPads to understand which iPad should we compare it to.

"The Surface Go is an excellent proposition". Microsoft will also be offering a few nice accessories for the new tablet - a $35 wireless mouse, a $99 Type Cover, and the $99 Surface Pen.

As for specs, the Surface Go is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor - a fanless dual-core processor running at 1.6GHz with a 4.5W TDP. This means it'll be more than good enough for browsing the web, watching Netflix, and putting together a PowerPoint presentation. The Pentium Gold just might be slightly underpowered and give users adequate incentive to consider Google's middle-tier Chromebooks.

The base model Surface Go starts at $399.00, with a 64GB of eMMC flash memory storage and 4GB of RAM. (My personal favorite for that is called Texture.) The battery on the Go lasts nine hours, which is ideal for everyday users. The Surface Go will be pitted against Apple's $329 iPad.

562g body with USB-C and microSD.

The most obvious difference between the devices is pricing. It does have a headphone jack, though.

The device is supposed to offer you quick access to a Windows 10 experience, whether you go for the lighter "S" version or the full Windows 10 operating system. A Wi-Fi-only model will arrive first, with LTE-equipped versions launching later in the year.

Surface Go being used at home. As with other Surface tablets, Surface Go supports the Type Cover detachable keyboard-covers, though because of its new smaller size, it'll need new smaller Type Covers. It's affordable, runs Windows 10 and even has a feature you can't find on the company's flagship Surface Pro.

The Surface Go has all the trademark features of the Surface Pro, from a standard kickstand on the rear to a magnesium design. The Surface Go clocks off after nine - and that's the always-optimistic claim in the marketing blurb. That could open up some doors for Microsoft's hardware business, especially among budget-conscious consumers.

Microsoft Surface Go has been made official, the latest member in the Surface 2-in-1 lineup.

The Surface Go has clearly been designed with students in mind, with the portrait mode able to render the page to the scale of school textbooks.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad.

However, in recent weeks, it's been rumored that Microsoft was closer than ever to revealing Andromeda, a brand-new pocketable Windows device with two screens.

The flagship store will be the platform through which new Microsoft products will be brought to Taiwan, Chang added.

Well, it's certainly possible that Andromeda is still in the works.

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