With desktop apps and price tag, Microsoft's Surface Go battles the iPad

Ian Bush
July 10, 2018 - 4:48 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Microsoft has unveiled a tablet that's designed to compete with the iPad — and then some. 

The Surface Go, with Windows 10 under the hood, can run desktop applications.

"As I multitask between apps, you can see they all continue to run smoothly," explained senior electrical engineer Cindy Martinez during a demo.

The 10-inch touch screen display has cameras on the front and back, as well as a built-in kickstand "capable of lowering to 165 degrees, which is an ideal angle for writing and drawing."

Weighing in at just over 1 pound, it's much lighter than traditional Windows laptops. 

Surface Go starts at $399, but it's likely worth the cash for this accessory.

"We developed a premium-quality typing experience with a mechanical key set and backlit keys," she said.

The optional Signature Type cover adds $100 to the cost (or $129 for one of three Alcantara colors). Other add-ons include the Pen stylus and Mobile Mouse.

Surface Go is available on Aug. 2.