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Microsoft Launches $399 Surface Go Tablet

Dave Parrack 10-07-2018

Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Go, its new, low-end iPad competitor. The Surface Go is a 10-inch Windows tablet which looks almost identical to the Surface Pro, but smaller and more affordable. But can it tempt people away from their iPads?


Microsoft’s Surface line has sold surprisingly well so far The Microsoft Surface Isn't Such a Joke After All When Microsoft first unveiled the Surface, people laughed at this iPad-wannabe. And yet four years on, business is booming. No, seriously, stop laughing! Read More , thank you very much. However, Microsoft has never been able to compete with Apple on price and portability. Until now. The Surface Go is Microsoft most affordable and portable Surface product yet.

The Most Affordable Surface Yet

On the Windows Blog, Microsoft describes the Go as the “smallest, lightest, and most affordable Surface yet.” This represents Microsoft offering “a new entry point for the Surface family, while keeping the premium qualities that have come to define it.”

The Surface Go boasts a 10-inch display (with a 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution), an integrated kickstand with unlimited positions, a front-facing camera, and a USB-C 3.1 port. It’s powered by Windows 10 and the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y.

Prices start at just $399, which puts the Microsoft Surface Go within spitting distance of the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. For $399 you get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. However, if you’re willing to pay $549 you can get 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

The Microsoft Surface Go is available to pre-order in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.


Coming to a Store Near You Soon

The Surface Go with Wi-Fi will start shipping (and appearing on store shelves) on August 2nd. Microsoft is promising to roll it out to more countries in the coming weeks. For those with good data plans, Microsoft will be launching an LTE model later this year.

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket you could always check out the Microsoft Surface Pro, which we described in our review One Tablet to Rule Them All: The Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 Review Like the Apple iPad, Microsoft have decided version numbers are irrelevant. The fifth iteration of the Surface Pro tablet computer is now just a "Surface Pro". Read More as “the one tablet to rule them all”. Just follow our advice before swapping your MacBook with a Surface laptop 5 Things to Know Before Replacing a MacBook With the Surface Laptop Should you buy the Microsoft Surface Laptop? You might want to think twice about replacing your MacBook with a Micosoft Surface laptop. It may not be what Microsoft claims it is. Read More .

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  1. Michael Biller
    December 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    I still like my iPad. But after switching to Linux for my desktop computing and experiencing Windows 10 on a Surface Pro both MacOS and the iPad suddenly seem not so fantastic. Even a bit boring.

    As much as it pains me to admit, Windows 10 is pretty cool on the Surface. It is close to amazing with its touch capability and all the other cool features the Surface has.

    Even my touchscreen Dell laptop running Deepin 15.8 makes my MacBook seem so yesterday. The touch bar seemed revolutionary only a short time ago and now it's nothing more than a gimmicky joke.

    And the Surface does make the iPad seem more like a toy in comparison to the Surface. iOS is great on the iPhone but seems so cartoonish now on the iPad.

    When Windows and a Microsoft manufactured device makes Apple look bad then it's safe to say a new era is dawning.

    And when an open source Linux distribution from China has touchscreen support that MacOS still does not and seems to be of the same or higher quality than the proprietary OS installed on a MacBook (that was anything but cheap), I would be hard-pressed not to think that Apple just might be in some trouble.