Microsoft unveils new Surface Go, its smallest and cheapest tablet yet

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Pre-orders start Tuesday; Surface Go hits stores on August 2.

Is the Surface Go a match for the iPad?
Initial rumours had claimed that the release date would be Friday 13 July but ended up a few days wide of the mark. 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 original Surface Pro design, which has been around since 2014, is still here.

Just like the 6th Gen iPad, the Surface Go moniker does compromise with some of the features, compared to the original Surface book, which has helped the company to reduce the manufacturing cost of the same. Microsoft says it's around 30 percent faster than the Surface 3's quad-core Atom. 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. The Surface Pen with the PixelSense display ensures low latency, low pen parallax, and precise strokes, making it suitable for drawing and other creative use cases. Likewise, storage options include 64 GB and 128 GB respectively.

Microsoft Surface Go specifications: What's inside? 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.

The device received an 8-megapixel main camera and 5-Magitel camera for self.

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Two versions of the Go are initially available. The device is equipped with an Intel processor, the base model will get CPU Pentium Silver N5000, and the older models can be equipped with Pentium Gold (Gold 4410Y Intel Pentium or Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y from Kaby Lake). That gets buyers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Microsoft Surface Go design: What does it look like?

That's a lot more affordable than the current Surface Pro lineup. You'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart by look or feel, and it's hard to tell at first glance where the Surface Pro's enhanced price tag comes from. Otherwise, there's no radical redesign of Microsoft's existing offerings here.

As expected, it does a lot of the same stuff as its bigger brother, the Surface Pro, albeit in a smaller package.

"When we designed this device, we had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10" Surface", Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a blog announcing the device.

The Surface Go is comparable in nearly every way and looks near identical.

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