In about a month’s time, Microsoft could unveil the following technology of its year-old, entry-level Windows pill, the Surface Go. For now, nevertheless, Apple has fired the primary shot: a $329 10.2-inch iPad that provides plenty of what the Surface Go does, and for barely much less.

While many Microsoft Surface tablets really feel cumbersome when indifferent from their Type Cover keyboards, the $399 Surface Go doesn’t. However, it’s additionally powered by a considerably poky Intel Pentium Gold processor, whereas Apple’s newest iPad has its optimized A10 Fusion chip underneath the hood. It’s not that a lot totally different than the Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018), although. The iPad additionally makes the digicam a spotlight, although you’ll look barely ridiculous taking photographs utilizing any pill, Apple or Windows.

Of course, there’s an unlimited gulf between Windows 10’s pill mode and Apple’s iPadOS, which now powers the iPad. (For extra iPad protection, see Macworld’s story.) Your choice of app and working system will most likely be the figuring out consider making your selection, however let’s evaluate a few of the key specs.

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Apple refers to its new 10.2-inch iPad (2019) as a seventh-generation iPad. 

Apple 10.2-inch iPad: Basic specs

  • Display: 10.2-inch (2160×1620) IPS know-how, 264 PPI, multitouch
  • Processor: A10 Fusion chip
  • Graphics: A10 Fusion chip
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR4 (most likely—this received’t be identified till a teardown is carried out)
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • Ports: Lightning connector (Lightning to USB cable included), Smart Connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wireless: 802.11ac dual-band, HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2; Gigabit LTE fashions out there with eSIM
  • Cameras: 8 Mpixel (HDR/picture stabilization/Live Photos)/1080p video/ slo-mo 720p @120fps, 3X video zoom
  • Battery: 32.4Wh
  • Operating system: Apple iPadOS
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29 inches
  • Weights: 1.07 kilos (pill), 
  • Optional Accessories: Smart Keyboard: $159Remove non-product link, Apple Pencil: $99Remove non-product link  
  • Colors: Silver, Space Gray, Gold
  • Price: 32GB: $329Remove non-product link (Cellular: $459); 128GB: $429.00Remove non-product link (Cellular: $559); 
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Microsoft’s Surface Go Signature Type Cover is supplied with a touchpad and backlit keys.

Microsoft Surface Go: Basic specs

It’s the final line of the Surface Go specs that’s necessary: the value—or, extra importantly, the reductions that Microsoft and retailers are providing earlier than the Surface event in the beginning of October. That brings the costs of each machines virtually into parity.


We could make a powerful declare that, proper now, the Apple iPad outperforms the Surface Go. According to Macworld’s 9.7-inch iPad (2018) review, the A10 chip inside that iPad, in addition to the newest mannequin, scored 3463 on Geekbench’s single-core CPU check and 5845 on the multi-core check. The Surface Go, however, barely breaks 2200 on the single-core check, and scores about 4000 or so, max, on the multi-core check. Though it’s very doable {that a} new Surface Go will make up floor after which some, the sting proper now goes to the iPad.


You can break this down in a few other ways. As a unadorned pill, the Surface Go and iPad are each snug to carry and to make use of. (At press time, we haven’t had an opportunity to deal with the brand new 10.2 inch model.) From strictly a {hardware} perspective, although, they’re about equal.

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The Apple Pencil is sweet for each artwork and work…

When you begin including peripherals, nevertheless—the Apple Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, versus the Surface Go’s pen and Type Cover—the sting begins transferring to Microsoft’s nook. While the Apple Smart Keyboard could be folded again right into a stand, the Surface Go’s kickstand remains to be clearly superior. We’re prepared to purchase Apple’s claims about e-ink latency and so forth at face worth, however Apple’s going to have a troublesome time convincing anybody that the Pencil is the differentiating issue.

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…however the kickstand remains to be superior on the Microsoft Surface Go.

Unfortunately, each keyboards have their weaknesses. The Surface Go shaves 0.5mm of key journey off its different Type Covers, with simply 1mm of journey. Apple’s keyboard, however, forgoes backlighting and sits completely flat. 

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