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Meet Surface Go: The worthy iPad contender from Microsoft

by | Jul 10, 2018 | Laptops, Tech

Putting all rumors and leaks to rest, Microsoft has finally announced Surface Go, a new detachable that’s aimed to compete with the iPad.

If the move sounds curious, allow me to elucidate: Apple has essentially monopolized the tablet market with iPads. There is just no better tablets out there, Android or otherwise. The Surface Pro detachables are great alternatives, but they’re crazy expensive. Which is why Microsoft is putting out Surface Go, a cheaper detachable that will cater to the Education and Home users, areas where Microsoft, if they pull this off, can actually snatch Apple’s reign.

Meet Surface Go: The worthy iPad contender from Microsoft

The new Surface Go looks almost exactly like a Surface Pro, but runs with less powerful software. It has an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (an old but perfectly reliable processor), 4 or 8GB of RAM, 64/128/256GB of internal storage, and a 27 watt-hour battery. It has a smaller screen with its  10-inch 3:2 FHD PixelSense display, and a more minimal port selection, with a single USB Type-C, a headphone port, microSD card reader, and Surface Connect. It also works with the Surface Pen.

Here is Surface Go’s full list of specs.

  • 10-inch 3:2 aspect ratio Full HD PixelSense display @ 1800 x 1200 resolution
  • Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y 1.6GHz dual-core processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • 4 or 8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB Internal storage
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • WiFi
  • 4G LTE (LTE+WiFi variant)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 1x headphone port
  • 1x microSD reader
  • 1x Surface Connect
  • 27Whr battery
  • 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
  • 0.49kg

Meet Surface Go: The worthy iPad contender from Microsoft

That specsheet is a far cry from the Pro line, but considering its price, it all makes sense. The Surface Go base model will retail at USD 399 (approximately PHP 21,000), with some updates available on the OS, RAM and storage, and accessories including the Surface Pen and the mouse. Click here to learn more.

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