Microsoft targets the iPad with its new Surface Go for $399

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Microsoft targets the iPad with its new Surface Go for $399

Microsoft has today announced The Surface GO which is essentially a 10-inch tablet that can be had for only $599. The Surface Go comes with a 10-inch display and has arrived with an attractive starting price of $399.

When it comes to ports, the tablet comes with a Surface Connect port for charging and docking, a USB-C port for connecting USB devices, a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card reader.

Microsoft recently expanded its Surface range of personal computers and the flagship will allow these new products to be available to Taiwanese consumers in the shortest possible time, according to Chang. A 128GB iPad costs $429, a bit more than the base model Surface Go. And while it and its fans may be celebrating the ultra-light Surface Go tonight, those fans really are looking for more to come.

The Surface Go runs on Windows 10, while the iPad features the latest version of iOS, and that is a profound difference in the experience. The Surface Go will make its way to India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain later this year.

All signs are pointing to the impending release of a new, entry-level Surface tablet. Just don't expect to see Microsoft's zany folding dual-screen Surface Andromeda handheld - apparently, that project may be in danger now. The device is equipped with a Surface Connector for connecting a charger as well as linking it to a desktop dock.

Worst of all, the bezels are insanely large, making Surface Go look quite ugly.

A successor of sorts to the discontinued Surface 3, the Surface Go ($399 to start) targets mobile workers, students and anyone on the move who doesn't want to lug around a traditional laptop.

Like Microsoft's earlier devices, the Surface Go will work with optional keyboards and mouses. It is also equipped with a USB-C 3.1 port.

The Microsoft Surface Go will be available for pre-order starting July 10th in the US, Australia, Canada and most of Western Europe. Based on my impressions, this is a well-made tablet that weighs just 1.15 pounds. In that sense, the announcement of the slightly smaller Surface Go is just picking up where the Surface 3 left off. Users can switch to regular Windows 10 Home, which doesn't have that limit, for free.

There's one other way the Surface Go stands out versus the iPad.

Naturally, and disappointingly, none of these options include the newly-designed Type Cover or tried-and-true Surface Pen in the box.

To appreciate the fighting strength of the Surface Go, you'll have to consider the whole package and where it stands against the competition.

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