Microsoft challenges iPad with $599 Surface Go tablet

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In a blog post introducing the device, Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay said the Go was designed for reading, running Microsoft Office and other productivity apps, and streaming video. It's no powerhouse, with just a basic Intel Atom processor and 4GB of Ram, but with its sub-1kg weight and Full HD touchscreen, if you just want to get some very light work done on the go, it could be a good option. Priced at £319, it costs a full £60 less than Microsoft's offering, and even if you buy the Logitech keyboard case recommended by Apple, you'll only just tip over the £400 mark, whereas the Surface Go will cost nearly £500 with the keyboard. There's also a built-in kickstand that can extend to 165 degrees.

Why these adapters weren't mentioned in Microsoft's Surface Go announcement this week is unclear. There's also a Surface Pen for $99 that artists and students can purchase for doodling and note-taking purposes.

There's also a front camera that is used for Windows Hello thereby allowing you to seamlessly log into the tablet without entering any password. The charging tech here is USB Type-C 3.1, the latest in Type-C charging tech. It weighs 1.15 pounds and has a battery that can last up nine hours between charges, according to company testing.

The Surface Go's display has a resolution of 1,800 by 1,200 pixels.

Both the Surface Go Signature Type Cover, coming in Burgundy and Platinum colors, and Surface Pen are optional accessories and can be pre-order/ordered for $130 and $100, respectively. The Windows 10 Pro Wi-Fi only version costs $449. According to Microsoft's online store, that peripheral will go on sale on August 2 in the USA costing $34.99, and August 22 in the United Kingdom priced at £29.99. Microsoft is working on an LTE model that will be arriving later this year, and we suspect this will be based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon modem. Did the price win you over, or is there something else that makes the new tablet a must have for you?