Microsoft Surface Go vs Apple iPad: Which Is The Best Tablet For You

Ronald Balondo
4:45 PM

Microsoft finally unveils their budget Surface device called the Surface Go. This long-awaited tablet that is set to challenge the supremacy of Apple’s iPad in the premium range, under $500 price range.

The new addition to the Surface family features the smallest dimension that we have seen so far – 8.3mm to 8.9mm of thickness and weighs about 1.15 pounds. It also has one of the coolest introduction that we have seen from the company.

Microsoft’s newly introduced Surface Go tablet still highlights the hybrid laptop-tablet productivity like the past versions. However, it uses more powerful internals that before. Surface Go comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, a seventh generation chipset from the company and paired with Intel HD Graphics 615. Consumers might think that it is not powerful enough to compete with the rest of the competition, but that can be proven wrong.

The tech giant conducted benchmark testings and according to Microsoft, the results are shocking. Compared to the Surface Pro 3 that uses an Intel Core i5 chipset, the Surface Go performed 33% better. The new Surface Go even outmaneuver the same device that uses Core i7 by 20%. Consumers might get a selection between 4GB or 8GB of RAM and might feature a choice between 64, 128 and 256GB of storage and runs without a cooling fan providing a quiet experience.

Looking at the externals, the Surface Go showcases a 10-inch screen with a rounded edge that gives the 2-in-1 a modern touch. The bezels are still thicker but it features two front-facing speakers that support Dolby Audio Premium. A front-facing camera that holds 5MP is enough to do the basics. At the back, it gives out 8MP.

The ports on the Surface Go features a single USB-C 3.1, a MicroSD card slot and a headphone jack. The MicroSD slot is placed behind the hinge. The signature keyboard cover and the Surface Pen is not included as a bundle.

Regarding the keys on the cover, it shows more precise placement compared to other products out there in the market. Microsoft claims that the keyboard accessory for the Surface Go gives an illusion of typing in a laptop using a scissor-key mechanism. The trackpad is also a bit larger compared to the past versions which will add more productivity compared to other products in the same market today.

The Surface Go runs a full version of Windows 10 OS along with other Microsoft Office suite that is useful to academic users. It also supports Windows Hello face log-in like what we are seeing in Apple’s FaceID.

The new Surface Go starts at a price tag of $399. Compared with the iPad’s sub-$350 prices, it is a little bit higher but can deliver more productivity compared to the iPad. The new device can even match against the MacBook Air because of the hybrid configuration that the Surface Go has, it can be a tablet or a laptop.

Accessories are not included in the bundle and can be bought separately.  The Surface Go Type Cover costs $99 and the signature type cover is around $129 — consumers can pick between four colors. The Surface Mobile mouse is available for $34.99 and the Surface Pen is available for $99. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders on July 10th and products will be shipped this August.

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