A rival to Apple’s iPad — Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

Microsoft unveils smaller, cheaper Surface tablet

The document explained that Microsoft Stores are preparing a "New Microsoft Hardware Display and Type Cover set on Friday, 7/13", implying new hardware being displayed by the end of this week. Externally, the device is a lot like the familiar Surface Pro, but it has a smaller screen and running the operating system Windows 10 S.

To the Surface Go. Luckily we have all the details about Microsoft's new affordable tablet and have summed it all up for you just below.

According to TechRadar's sources and a document partially posted to Reddit, Microsoft's budget Surface tablet could go on sale as soon as Friday 13 July. It's a little heavier than the Surface Go and measures up at almost a couple of inches longer, but that doesn't detract from it being a versatile, compact device.

The big draw for the new tablet is the price. Both the model are Wi-Fi enables with the LTE models slated to come up later. Industry watchers expected the device, dubbed the Surface Mini, to be released in 2014, but it never materialized. Microsoft says it's around 30 percent faster than the Surface 3's quad-core Atom.

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Three optional accessories are available for the Surface Go, yet are all sold separately: the Signature Type Cover (from $99), Surface Pen (another $99) and Surface Mobile Mouse ($35). The version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB will cost $ 550.

Microsoft Surface Go specifications: What's inside?

It comes with 10-inch 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. In comparison, the Surface Go offers an 1,800 x 1,200 display with a PPI of 217.

The signature built-in kickstand and flexible hardware returns, but the new Surface tablet now comes with a USB-C 3.1 port, allowing you to charge the tablet or output video to external devices.

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Two versions of the Go are initially available.

While $399 is an appealing sum on, well, the surface, especially compared to the base $799 Surface Pro, you can spend more for a model with extra memory and storage; the starting Go model gives you 4GB and 64GB, respectively. The device operates on 2-nuclear processor of Intel of Pentium Gold 4415Y. There is an option to buy a more expensive version offering 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.

Microsoft Surface Go design: What does it look like? Thus, the gadget has become the most budget and most compact device in the lineup Surface. You'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart by look or feel, and it's hard to tell at first glance where the Surface Pro's enhanced price tag comes from.

We'll report back in more detail when we get our hands on a review sample, but don't expect to be able to run hefty multitasking jobs or edit 1080p video on this thing.

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Although the two tablets look nearly identical, there are a number of differences.

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