Microsoft Surface Go Launched – Apple iPad Alternative

Microsoft has launched the cheapest Surface Go, an alternative to Apple iPad.

The Microsoft Surface Go sports a 10-inches display 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution) with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The 2-in-1 packs a custom-built high-resolution PixelSense Display that supports Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision for accurate note taking, drawing and computer-aided design.

Spec and Features

The tablet is lightweight and highly portable weighing only 1.15 pounds and being 8.3mm thick thanks to the sleek magnesium design.

It is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and packs up to 8GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. The Go also comes with an optional keyboard cover.


The company claims that the Go offers up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge. It runs on Windows 10 with S mode enabled by default. S Mode means that you can only install applications from the Windows Store. To lift that restriction, you can switch to regular Windows 10 Home for free.

Microsoft Surface Go

The Microsoft Surface Go basic model with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD and Wi-Fi model costs $399 (N143,640), while the 8GB RAM model with 128GB SSD costs $549 (N197640).

Highlight of The Spec Microsoft Surface Go

Weight and Dimensions 1.15 lbs and 8.3 mm thin
CPU Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y
RAM 4 or 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
Storage 64GB eMMC, 128GB SSD, 256GB SSD, microSDXC card slot
Display 10-inch (3:2) 1800 x 1200 PixelSense Display
Battery 9-hour battery life
Cameras 8MP Rear

5MP Front

Windows Hello facial recognition

Ports Surface Connect, microSDXC card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 3.1 Type-C
Connectivity Wi-Fi, LTE model to be announced at a later date
Price $399 for 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC

$549 for 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD

256GB SSD with integrated LTE to be announced at a later date

Accessories Surface Pen ($99)

Surface Dock

Surface Connect dock

Surface Go Type Cover ($99 for black or $129 for the Alcantara/red/blue/silver)

Surface Mobile Mouse ($34.99)

The price is not bad at all when you consider how much the previous surface devices cost. Interestingly, the Microsoft Surface Go is the first Surface device to feature USB Type-C, meaning you can use it with some of your existing Type-C cables.

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