Microsoft Surface Go Unveiled: Is This An iPad Killer?

Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

Microsoft has officially launched the most affordable (by Microsoft) 2-in-1 notebook aka Microsoft Surface Go in the US to compete against the likes of the Apple's 6th Gen iPad with Apple Pencil support.

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 original Surface Pro design, which has been around since 2014, is still here.

The lightweight, 1.15-pound Surface Go - about twice as big as many smartphones - is created to be portable, but Microsoft has also developed accessories to give it more of a laptop feel.

More than anything, the Surface Go seems like Microsoft's direct response to Apple's entry-level $329 iPad, though it's slightly lighter and a bit thicker than Apple's machine.

The Surface Go Signature Type Cover is custom-made for Surface Go integrating design features that give the user the best typing experience possible, with ergonomic key pitch and key travel.

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It is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, offering up to nine hours of battery. The base variant has 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of SSD storage.

Going by the price of current Surface devices, it's unlikely we'll see a top-end configuration of the Surface Go hit the Surface Pro's £749 starting point. A release date of Friday 13 July had been rumoured, although perhaps thanks to the leaks, Microsoft has now officially announced the tablet, and preorders are now live.

And sorry if you own a type cover from an earlier Surface, since its larger size makes it a no-go on the Surface Go. Though I only got brief hands-on time with Surface Go, these are attractive and solid tablets, sold at a reasonable price, discounting the fact that many of you will want to pile on a $99 keyboard accessory.

The Microsoft Surface Go has a 10.0-inch IPS LCD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. In terms of connectivity, the device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB type C port for charging and data syncing and a micro SD card slot for storage expansion. It has a great hinge that lets it fold out to nearly flat (165-degrees) with the kickstand and you can always flip the keyboard around for full tablet mode when needed.

Microsoft Surface Go has a kickstand like other Surface models. For an extra couple of hundred dollars, you get a quad-core Core i5 CPU, and if your budget allows it, there are options for a Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a TB of storage space.

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