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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, 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 as “the one tablet to rule them all”. Just follow our advice before swapping your MacBook with a Surface laptop.