The lightweight, 1.15-pound Surface Go - about twice as big as many smartphones - is created to be portable, but Microsoft has also developed accessories to give it more of a laptop feel.
The Verge disagrees with that verdict, however, arguing that the Surface Go "isn't really a direct iPad competitor" as the sole objective of Apple's device is to serve as a tablet, while the Go is closer to a full computer system.
Both the Go and Pro support Microsoft's Surface Pen stylus, as well as the company's various wireless keyboard and mouse options.
The new Surface Go is powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, in a fanless design, with up to nine hours of battery. 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.
Rumours around a new Microsoft Surface device, specifically a budget Surface tablet, have been floating around for a few months.
All well and good, but what exactly is the Surface Go?
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Is the Surface Go a match for the iPad?
It isn't the first time Microsoft has sold a cheaper version of the Surface.
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.
Surface Go will run versions of Windows 10 and Office apps. For the version with four gigabytes of RAM and storage on the 64 GB will have to pay $399, and a configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD was priced at $549. The new device also sports the Surface Connect port, USB-C 3.1 (for data and charging), a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card reader.
Microsoft Surface Go price: How much will a budget Surface cost?
Currently, Microsoft is launching only the Wi-Fi only variant, while the LTE variant is expected to release later this year.
A range-topping version will offer 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, but prices for this model have yet to be announced.
The built-in kickstand with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees helps you stay in your flow from tablet to studio mode, and a the camera allows sign-in using Windows Hello face recognition.