• January 20, 2021

Surface Go 2 vs iPad Air

 Surface Go 2 vs iPad Air

Microsoft officially announced the Surface Go 2 today and we posted our initial take on it earlier. We made a comparison between the new Go 2 and the iPad Air in just display size, networking and price, this article will dive deeper into that comparison.

Microsoft appears to be positioning the Surface Go 2 as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad Air as it also has a 10.5″ display, magnetic keyboard connector, stylus support all for $499. Surface Go 2 starts out at $399 for the Pentium model, $629 Core m3 powered model and $729 for the m3 with LTE. In comparison, an LTE equipped iPad Air costs $629.

iPad AirSurface Go 2
OSiPadOSWindows 10 Home S Mode
Display10.5-inches (2224 x 1668)10.5-inches (1920 x 1280)
CPUA12 BionicIntel Pentium GOLD 4425Y

8th Gen Intel Intel Core m3-8100Y
GPUNeural EngineIntel UHD
Graphics 615
RAM4GB, 8GB
Storage64GB, 256GB64GB eMMC
128GB SSD
SecurityTouch IDWindows Hello facial recognition
Connectivityx1 Lightning Port1 x USB-C
3.5 mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
Surface Type Cover Port
MicroSDXC Card Reader
NetworkingWi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0 technology

UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Gigabit-class LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71)
Data only
Wi-Fi calling
eSIM
WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology

Nano SIM Tray 4G LTE Advanced (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66) GPS/GLONASS: Standalone and assisted GNSS, accuracy up to 3 meters
WeightWi-Fi 1.0 lbs.
LTE 1.02 lbs.
Wi-Fi 1.2 lbs
LTE 1.22 lbs
Price (Wifi model)$499Starting at $399 for Pentium
$629 for Intel Core m3
Price (LTE model)$629$729
Keyboard Price$159$129
Pen Price$99$99

We were told that the marketing campaign will be centered around remote learning, the broadband gap with the benefit of built-in LTE and Microsoft Teams, it looks like from the video that our source was correct.

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