MICROSOFT TABLET AT $400?? CHEAPEST MICROSOFT SURFACE IS HERE FOR BUDGET USERS!

Microsoft recently announced their latest installment in the Surface Series which is the Surface GO.


Some think it is an iPad killer while other consider it to be, 'Meh!'.

Whatever those Tech-savvy's think, let's see what this latest and the cheapest Surface GO has to offer us.


But What is the Surface Hybrid Tablet?


Credits: THE VERGE


Microsoft released their first Surface device back in October 2012.

This came after the growing demands that the Apple iPad posed which was released back in August 2010.

At the first, the Surface devices were powered by ARM Processors which can now be seen in the Smartphone market pretty heavily.

Nowadays, these Surface devices come either with Intel Core Processors or with Intel Pentium Processors.

As the name suggests, the Surface Hybrid is supposed to be more than a tablet and lesser than a laptop.

It has touchscreen and Bluetooth enabled keyboard and mouse (Pen, Mouse and Keyboard to be purchased separately).

Initially, these Surface devices ran Windows RT (a modified version of Windows 8 designed to be specifically ran on ARM-based devices).

Nowadays however, these devices run on Windows 10.


The Surface GO


Getting back on to the Surface GO, it was released this week along with the release of Windows 10-S  mode.


Video From Microsoft Surface

Surface GO comes in 2 variants, 4GB RAM / 8GB RAM.

The 4GB RAM Variant has 64GB of eMMC Storage and is powered by Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Processor.

It has a front Camera of 5MP @1080p resolution and a back camera of 8MP @1080p resolution.

It is equipped with 10" (inch) PixelSense touch-screen display.

The 4 GB RAM Variant comes with a price tag of $399.

The 8 GB RAM variant has a much faster and bigger 128-GB SSD storage.

It has all other features same.

The 8GB RAM Variant has a price tag of $549.

Both of the Surface GO devices have about 9.5 hours of battery life.

Credits: Microsoft

Both the variants have Intel HD 612 Graphics.

Ports included are 1 USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 Surface Connect Port, 1 Surface Cover port, 1 MicroSDXC card reader.

Both of these variants are supposed to be used with Pen, Keyboard and Mouse (to be purchased seperately).


The iPad killer?


So now you know what the Surface GO offers.

The question exists, is that the iPad killer?
The answer is, Not really.

And here are some points to support that.

First of all, The Surface GO has a physical shape which is much closer to a rectangle than to a square.

What this means, is that if you rotate Surface GO to view it in Portrait mode (or Horizontal, so to speak), you won't find it comfortable enough.

Credits: CNET

Whereas coming back to the iPad Pro, which is in the same price range as Surface GO's 8GB Variant; the iPad after rotating in Horizontal mode still seems as nice as in Vertical Mode.

You can in-fact, use iPad in Horizontal mode to do some reading as if you were reading a book.

For most of you, this might not seem a problem, but in practicality, it surely will be uncomfortable to hold the Surface GO like that.

Second off, iPad has millions of Specifically designed apps and games due to it's Cross-device compatibility with the iPhone devices.

You can't get this much choice in terms of apps and games when it comes to the Surface GO as it runs on a Windows 10, which has most of the apps designed for bigger PC's and Laptop's.

Third, Although the Surface GO is pretty small and compact; it doesn't come close when compared the thinness of the iPad.

Also, with the Surface GO, you will be surely missing some iPad specific features like Retina display and much more.


Conclusion


If you are up for a laptop-like tablet; go for the Surface GO.

But if you want a device which is more of a tablet than a mobile-workstation; the iPad Pro is your best choice right now.

Regardless to say, buying an iPad has it's own perks which intern come at great prices, so if you are up for a mini-laptop, again: Surface GO would do the job.

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