Microsoft introduces their new 'Surface Go' Tablet that may of Interest to those looking for a cheaper iPad Pro
Microsoft launched their new 'Surface Go' tablet today with their chief product officer Panos Panay trying to pump up some excitement for their entry level iPad-Pro-wannabe.
Their one advantage may be found in their pricing over the iPad Pro at about $250 cheaper per configuration.
However, the iPad Pro's 10.5" Retina display offers a high-end 2224 x 1668 resolution at 264 PPI vs the Surface Go's 10" display at 1800 x 1200 at 217 PPI. Apple offers quality SSD storage for their entry level as opposed to the Surface Go's eMMC storage which is inferior.
More importantly, the Intel Pentium mobile 4415y processor powers the new Surface Go which is vastly inferior to Apple's A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M10 coprocessor.
Then again, Apple's smaller 9.7" iPad offers a comparable offering to the Surface Go, though it comes with less memory and you'll have to purchase a 3rd party keyboard, as Apple's smart keyboard won't work on the cheaper iPad.
Of course if a student's budget is tight, sometimes "specs" don't become the deciding factor. It's still a decent 2-in-1 unit with a great display and if you're a Windows fan, the Surface Go is going to be a nice entry level unit. It also works with a mouse, unlike the current iPad Pro. For some, that's a deal breaker.
For a little more money fans could get an SSD with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM. You could check out all of the specs here. The units will begin shipping on August 2.
A higher-end cellular version will be coming for Christmas. Whether Microsoft will choose Qualcomm or Intel for the cellular model is unknown at this time.
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Side Note: Apple's lower end iPads don't offer the ability to add the Smart Keyboard cover. So sites comparing the iPad to Microsoft's Surface Go are off the mark.