Microsoft debuts $399 Surface Go tablet, taking on cheaper iPads

The Surface Go doesn't feature radical changes from a design perspective at all. It sports a fantastic chassis that's sleek and sturdy with a solid, premium feel to it. Then, when it comes to cameras, the tablet is equipped with a 5-megapixel Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus.

The Surface Go is comparable in nearly every way and looks near identical. It's probably best described as a shrunken down Surface Pro. You do have a smaller screen - 10-inchesversus 12.3-inches on the Pro - but both sport great little keyboards and touchpads (not bundled in, unfortunately).

Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps.

The ports on the Surface Go are a Surface Connect port for charging and docking the device, a USB Type-C 3.1 port for data, video as well as charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a micro SD card slot for memory expansion. The device will reportedly retail for $400, include a USB-C port, and be 20 percent lighter than the current Surface Pro models, which now start at $799. It's significantly more powerful.

The Pentium Gold processor balances power with battery consumption to offer roughly nine hours of charge. Where the $800 base model comes with an Intel Core m3 processor - which the Pentium Gold chip should pull slightly ahead of - from there things get far more interesting. There is an option to buy a more expensive version offering 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. It goes on sale on August 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity.

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The Surface Pro's display is more impressive too. The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, with 1500:1 contrast ratio. There is no "smart" side on the perimeter, the dimensions of the touchpad increased - 101х56 mm. you can purchase It for $ 99 (2600 USD), and for the model with fabric surface will have to pay $ 129 (3400 UAH).

According to TechRadar's sources and a document partially posted to Reddit, Microsoft's budget Surface tablet could go on sale as soon as Friday 13 July.

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

The Microsoft Surface Go is now up for pre-order Stateside, starting at $399 (~R5 342), with the company noting that an LTE-supporting variant is also on the way.

Considering design, internal hardware, Microsoft is pitting Surface Go head-on with the Apple's recently launched 2018-series $329 iPad and also the top-end iPad Pro versions, as well.

  • Delia Davidson