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Microsoft announces Surface Go to compete with cheaper iPad

THE Microsoft really have to do with the ever larger family of Surface devices. The Redmond giant introduced the newest member of the group, which is also the smallest and cheapest: the Surface goIt's a low-cost 10.1-inch tablet (at least by line standards) with the clear mission of competing with the sixth-generation iPad.

Fortunately, the lower price here does not seem to have affected one of the family's main attractions, which is flexibility and build quality. Surface Go has a design philosophy much like that of the recent Surfaces Pro, with the dark magnesium lining the entire side and rear of the device, and the famous infinity-adjustable rear support; The only visual distinctions of the new tablet are the rounder curves and of course the reduced size.

Microsoft Surface Go

The LCD screen has the same 3: 2 aspect ratio as other handsets in the family, most useful for all kinds of productivity tasks (but not so good for media consumption) and 1800 × 1200 pixels resolution. Other features include a front camera with face recognition functionality and the proprietary Surface Connector input (for charging the device and connecting it to accessories), as well as for the first time on the Surface line a USB-C port for both recharging and charging. transfer video and data to other devices.

The processor here is an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y dual core 7th generation fanless (which makes the device basically silent); the operating system Windows 10 S that most limited and secure capped version of Windows that runs only Microsoft Store apps, but buyers of the new tablet can upgrade to the full system for free if they wish.

Optional accessories for Surface Go include the well-known Surface Pen (with its 4,096 pressure levels and easy access buttons; for $ 100), two built-in keyboard covers (the $ 100 plastic Type Cover, and the Signature Type Cover, covered with Alcantara for $ 120) and Surface Mobile Mouse (for $ 35).

The tablet sold in two versions: the cheapest, from $ 400, comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory; It is good to note that such eMMC storage, however, is much slower than SSD of the more expensive model for users wishing to keep their machines longer, so they should avoid the incoming version. The second model costs $ 550, and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash memory. There are no options with cellular connectivity.

Surface Go is pre-sold in the US and will hit stores in that country next month. Does the iPad have anything to worry about?

via The Verge