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How the Surface Go 2 compares to other low-cost tablets

How the Surface Go 2 compares to other low-cost tablets


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Microsoft has announced the Surface Go 2, an upgrade to 2018’s Surface Go, and this new version packs a lot of new features, including a larger 10.5-inch display, a camera app for the rear-facing camera, and improved battery life. The Surface Go 2 also starts at $399.99, making it affordable enough for people who may just want a cheap Windows computing machine without the more expensive bells and whistles of a Surface Pro or Surface Pro X.

The Surface Go has a lot of competition, however, and its rivals have similar screen sizes and lower prices. Apple’s $329 entry-level iPad was updated last year with a 10.2-inch screen size and a connector that lets you attach a Smart Keyboard to it. Amazon refreshed the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet in 2019 as well, and that costs just $149.99. Samsung announced the $349.99 Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in April, which is scheduled to launch sometime in Q2 2020.

If you’re in the market for an entry-level tablet, there are a lot of different options to pick from. To help you decide which model is best for you, we’ve compared the Surface Go 2 with the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and the Amazon Fire HD 10 in the table below.

The table is best viewed in landscape mode on mobile devices.

Surface Go 2 vs. iPad (2019) vs. Galaxy Tab S6 Lite vs. Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)

CategorySurface Go 2iPadGalaxy Tab S6 LiteAmazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
Starting price$399.99$329.00$349.99$149.99
OSWindows 10iPadOS 13.4Android 10Fire OS 7
Display10.5-inch (1920 x 1280)10.2-inch (2160 x 1620) Retina display10.4-inch (2000 x 1200)10.1-inch (1920 x 1200)
Pixels per inch220 ppi264 ppiTBA224 ppi
Dimensions9.65 x 6.9 x .33 inches9.8 x 6.8 x .29 inches9.63 x 6.07 x 0.28 inches10.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
WeightWi-Fi: 544g; LTE Advanced, 553gWi-Fi: 483g; Wi-Fi + Cellular, 493g458g504g
Battery capacityUp to 10 hours of "typical device usage"Wi-Fi: Up to 10 hours of "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music;" Wi-Fi + Cellular: Up to nine hours of "surfing the web using cellular data network"Up to 12 hoursUp to 12 hours of "reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music"
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y or 8th Gen Intel Core m3 ProcessorA10 FusionExynos 9610 octa-core (4 x 2.3GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz)Octa-core 2.0 GHz
RAM4GB or 8GB3GB, reportedly4GB2GB
Storage64GB eMMC or 128GB SSD32GB or 128GB 64GB or 128GB32GB, 64GB
PortsOne USB-C, one Surface Connect, one Surface Type Cover Port, one microSDXC card readerOne LightningOne USB-COne USB-C, one microSD card reader
Rear cameras8MP, 1080p8MP (F/2.4)8MP (F/1.9)2MP, 720p
Front cameras5MP, 1080p1.2MP (F/2.2), 720p5MP (F/2.0)2MP, 720p
BiometricsWindows HelloTouch IDFacial recognitionN/A
LTEYes, with the $729.99 modelYes, with the $130 more expensive Wi-Fi + Cellular modelYes, though pricing for the LTE version will vary by carrierNo
Power Adapter24W power supply12W power supplyTBA9W power supply
ColorsSilverSpace gray, silver, goldOxford gray, angora blue, chiffon roseBlack, twilight blue, plum, white
3.5mm headphone jackYesNoYesYes
KeyboardYes, with $99.99 Surface Go 2 Type CoverYes, with third-party accessoryThe Tab S6 Lite supports Bluetooth keyboardsYes, with third-party accessory
TrackpadYes, with $99.99 Surface Go 2 Type CoverYes, with third-party accessoryThe Tab S6 Lite supports Bluetooth miceYes, with third-party accessory
Stylus supportYes, with $99.99 Surface Pen or supported stylusesYes, with $99 Apple Pencil or supported stylusesYes, with included S PenYes, with third-party accessory

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