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With Surface Go Announced, Microsoft Competes Directly with Cheaper iPads

If you’re looking for a capable tablet on a budget that can stand up to the cheaper iPads recently announced, the Surface Go tablet that Microsoft just debuted might just scratch that itch.

The new 10-inch Windows tablet starts at $399, one of Microsoft’s cheapest offerings, offers a 1,800 x 1,200 px display with 217 PPI that can register 4096 different levels of pressure. Couple that with the $99.99 Microsoft Surface Pen and you have a great budget tablet for those who want to get creative. Keyboard covers are available too, starting at $99 for the black version or $129 for colored options, which turn the setup into a great Chromebook rival.

Under the hood, the Microsoft Surface Go uses an Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y CPU and sports either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The cheaper, $399 version features only 64 GB of eMMC storage, while premium models come with SSDs of either 128 GB or 256 GB.

The Surface Go will available for preorder starting with July 11 and ship on August 2 in the US, with Australia and New Zealand receiving the tablet starting with August 28.

According to Microsoft, the Surface Go doesn’t feature the Core I series processors in order to preserve battery life, which allows the tablet to go over 9 hours on a single charge.

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