Microsoft Surface Go: a rival to Apple’s iPad?

Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei

Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei

At US$399, the device is US$400 cheaper than the Surface Pro tablet, but has slower Intel Corp processors and about four hours less battery time, Microsoft said.

Sales from Microsoft's Surface line increased 32 percent in its most recent quarter, but the series of tablets and laptops still lag behind market leader Apple's iPad and MacBook series (which has faced its own struggles).

The Surface Go doesn't feature radical changes from a design perspective at all. The new tablet weighs 1.15 pounds, far lighter than existing Surface products.

Nevertheless it's worthwhile taking a look at the Surface Go, as it indicates that Microsoft still views the small, cost-effective tablet space as having some merit. Do note that the Surface Go Signature Type Cover as well the Surface Pen will be sold separately for $99 each and do not come bundled with the Surface Go itself.

Powering the entry-level device is a 7th Gen Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor. It's called the Surface Go and it retails for $399 (approx Rs 27445) for the 4GB/64GB version and $549 (roughly Rs 37770) for the 8GB/128GB one. Although smartly marketed as a productivity device flawless for students or people on-the-go, the new Surface Go will also be able to handle some light gaming thanks to the inclusion of Intel HD Graphics 615. This means that the Surface Go has basically all the features of the premium Surface Book, all with a fraction of the Surface Book's price.

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The Microsoft Surface Go has a 10.0-inch IPS LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Surface Go 10-inch display with a resolution of 1800х1200 pixels.

Microsoft Surface Go UK release date: When's it coming out? In this head to head, we pitted the Surface Go versus the Surface Pro to find out where the best value for money lies. The Surface Go will begin to hit shelves in stores on August 2, with an LTE model to follow as well later this year. It also has 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C 3.1 port that can charge the tablet or transfer data to external devices.

The built-in kickstand with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees helps you stay in your flow from tablet to studio mode, and a the camera allows sign-in using Windows Hello face recognition. For the target market, that shouldn't matter too much, but Microsoft has still pushed for parity with other Surface family members by supporting a Type Cover for Surface Go, the Surface Pen and Surface Mobile Mouse.

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