Microsoft has joined the tablet bandwagon with the launch of Surface series of tablets; the first tablet was released in October 2012. This was Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s first iPad, which was released in 2010.
However, the competition gets tougher over a period, and now Microsoft has announced Surface Go to give a tough fight to Apple’s iPad 2018. The low-cost Surface Go is touted as Apple’s entry-level iPad.
Microsoft Surface Go Takes On Apple’s Low-cost 2018 iPad
This Surface Go is marketed as the “smallest, lightest, and most affordable” Surface to date. However, this device is built with nearly two-year-old Intel chip and seventh generation Pentium Gold 4415Y.
The chassis of this Surface Go an awesome 10-inch 1,800-by-1,200 pixel PixelSense Display, front and rear cameras, Surface Connect magnetic charging and docking port, USB-C port, a MicroSD card reader, headphone jack and Surface’s friction hinged kickstand.
As per the media sources close to Microsoft, the company launches Wi-fi models now and its cellular models will be shipping later this year.
Microsoft has retained some of its previous and celebrated features of Surface devices. So the Microsoft loyal consumers would find this Go compatible with Surface Pen that affords 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low latency, and high precision input.
Moreover, there are other supported accessories like a down-sized type cover with a trackpad that is in sync with Go’s dimensions, and not to miss Surface Mobile Mouse.
Does Surface Go have the edge over 2018 iPad?
If you weight the features and specifications of both the devices, you will realize that Go has the edge over iPad. However, given the fact that Microsoft is using a two-year-old Intel chip, users may be apprehensive about taking the final decision.
In iPad, Apple is using A10 Fusion chipset, which was first used in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which were introduced in September 2016.
While comparing the two devices, keep historical data in mind. Apple has got more experience in manufacturing iPads. Moreover, iOS has always been a better operating system as compared to Windows.
Thus, Microsoft’s dream to beat Apple’s low-cost iPad may not be fulfilled this year. The company has to come up with a stronger competitor to defeat Apple’s iPads.
Though Microsoft has put a competitive price tag, the accessories will soar the final price of Surface Go. The 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD (Wi-fi) version of Surface Go is priced at $399; and 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD (Wi-Fi) will be available at $549.
If you include essential accessories, you will have to shell out more bucks. Surface Go Type Cover (black) is available at $99; Surface Go Signature Type Cover (Alcantara®, red, blue, or silver) is available at $129; Surface Mobile Mouse at $34.99, and Surface Pen at $99.
You have to decide whether you should go for Surface Go or iPad 2018.