With Surface Go Announced, Microsoft Competes Directly with Cheaper iPads

But just what is the Surface Go? Read on to learn all about the new Microsoft Surface Go.

Microsoft Surface Go specifications: What's inside? It sports a fantastic chassis that's sleek and sturdy with a solid, premium feel to it.

Of course, since this is a Surface, Microsoft has plenty of accessories to accommodate it.

The Surface Go is comparable in nearly every way and looks near identical. That's significantly cheaper than the rest of the £650+ Surface Pro range. It's a smaller, cheaper Windows 10 Surface device that can run all the same full-blown applications as its larger sibling, assuming you take advantage of the free software upgrade of course. In both cases, you have to pay extra for that input option.

Surface Go also has a metal construction with rounded corners, but it has a built-in kickstand that extends up to 165 degrees, a USB-C (non-Thunderbolt) port, a Surface Connect port, and a microSD slot under the kickstand.

The original Surface Pro design, which has been around since 2014, is still here. It's significantly more powerful.

The new 10-inch Surface Go, which ships August 2 in the USA and two dozen other markets, is the least costly among the five Surface devices that Microsoft makes. However, the Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y (which sits just below Core M) should give you plenty of pep for surfing the web, reviewing and marking up documents and checking email. However, the screen isn't great, and you get only 2GB of RAM.

Available for pre-order starting today - although the listing isn't now live on the Microsoft Store at time of writing - the Surface Go will be available for purchase from 2 August.

The Surface Pro's display is more impressive too. It measures 245 x 175 x 8.3 mm and weighs about 512 grams.

Like Microsoft's earlier devices, the Surface Go is to work with optional keyboards and mouses.

A confirmed list of specs and configurations for the Microsoft Surface Go hasn't yet emerged but, thanks to the announcement blog post, we do know some general top-line specs.

"That's the idea behind the design of Surface Go - our smallest, lightest, and most affordable Surface yet", said Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer at Microsoft.

Microsoft Surface Go features: What does it do? We have some misgivings about whether the Go can do the same.

You can certainly watch Netflix on it and prowl the Internet. Apple's iPad poses another formidable challenge - Surface Go is closer in price to the entry-level ($329) iPad than the more robust iPad Pro. If you can afford it, buy the Pro.

Vanessa Coleman