Microsoft Surface Go price, specifications, features, comparison

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The new US$399 "Surface Go" has a ten-inch screen and comes in a tablet form factor.

First, as a tablet, the Surface Go will square off against Apple's productivity-focused iPad Pro, which starts at $649 for a 10.5-inch model. Part laptop (if you go for an optional keyboard) and part tablet, it's powered by a 7th gen Intel 4415Y, offers 4GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage. For $399 you get 4GB RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, and Windows 10 Home.

Talking of visual appeal, no difference, except of course the size, has been made in the latest edition to Surface series. Microsoft says, however, that it's worked with the chipmaker to "optimize power, performance, and battery", noting that most should get nine hours of battery life from the device.

The Surface Go is still more expensive than the cheapest iPad, but the Go tablet is compatible with professional features, like the detachable keyboard, that are missing on the entry-level iPad.

Truth be told, there was really no surprise left when Microsoft finally announced the Surface Go other than a confirmation of its existence and its price. If both are true, the product could be unveiled on July 10, and then become available for pre-order on the 13th. Just don't expect to see Microsoft's zany folding dual-screen Surface Andromeda handheld - apparently, that project may be in danger now.

At first the Surface Go will only be available in a Wi-Fi only model with an LTE version coming later in 2018. It has a kickstand, metal-construction, support for inking, and comes with Windows 10 S and works with existing Surface accessories. The Type Covers, historically, wear poorly.

Better yet, Microsoft has managed to deliver full-sized keys (now with more pronounced bowled edges) within such a small amount of space, and has included a glass trackpad that's larger in depth than that of the Surface Pro. However, it is not quite as powerful as the Surface Pro in terms of specifications and features. The device is equipped with a Surface Connector for connecting a charger as well as linking it to a desktop dock.

The company has also designed a totally new Type Cover which sells separately for $99, with a higher-end Alcantara version for $129.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad.

Summing it all up, the Surface is a bit bigger, heavier, bulkier, but still fairly light and supporting the full Windows experience, while the iPad is a thin, elegant, light gadget ideal for media consumption, but maybe just not quite as good for productivity. While ZDnet recently reported that the Andromeda project was on thin ice and unlikely to ever come to market, Microsoft enthusiasts were optimistic that it was close to debut. One of the earliest incarnations of the Surface line, the Surface RT, fared poorly.

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