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)

Category Surface Go 2 iPad Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
Category Surface Go 2 iPad Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019)
Starting price $399.99 $329.00 $349.99 $149.99
OS Windows 10 iPadOS 13.4 Android 10 Fire OS 7
Display 10.5-inch (1920 x 1280) 10.2-inch (2160 x 1620) Retina display 10.4-inch (2000 x 1200) 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200)
Pixels per inch 220 ppi 264 ppi TBA 224 ppi
Dimensions 9.65 x 6.9 x .33 inches 9.8 x 6.8 x .29 inches 9.63 x 6.07 x 0.28 inches 10.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
Weight Wi-Fi: 544g; LTE Advanced, 553g Wi-Fi: 483g; Wi-Fi + Cellular, 493g 458g 504g
Battery capacity Up 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 hours Up to 12 hours of “reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music”
Processor Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4425Y or 8th Gen Intel Core m3 Processor A10 Fusion Exynos 9610 octa-core (4 x 2.3GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) Octa-core 2.0 GHz
RAM 4GB or 8GB 3GB, reportedly 4GB 2GB
Storage 64GB eMMC or 128GB SSD 32GB or 128GB 64GB or 128GB 32GB, 64GB
Ports One USB-C, one Surface Connect, one Surface Type Cover Port, one microSDXC card reader One Lightning One USB-C One USB-C, one microSD card reader
Rear cameras 8MP, 1080p 8MP (F/2.4) 8MP (F/1.9) 2MP, 720p
Front cameras 5MP, 1080p 1.2MP (F/2.2), 720p 5MP (F/2.0) 2MP, 720p
Biometrics Windows Hello Touch ID Facial recognition N/A
LTE Yes, with the $729.99 model Yes, with the $130 more expensive Wi-Fi + Cellular model Yes, though pricing for the LTE version will vary by carrier No
Power Adapter 24W power supply 12W power supply TBA 9W power supply
Colors Silver Space gray, silver, gold Oxford gray, angora blue, chiffon rose Black, twilight blue, plum, white
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No Yes Yes
Keyboard Yes, with $99.99 Surface Go 2 Type Cover Yes, with third-party accessory The Tab S6 Lite supports Bluetooth keyboards Yes, with third-party accessory
Trackpad Yes, with $99.99 Surface Go 2 Type Cover Yes, with third-party accessory The Tab S6 Lite supports Bluetooth mice Yes, with third-party accessory
Stylus support Yes, with $99.99 Surface Pen or supported styluses Yes, with $99 Apple Pencil or supported styluses Yes, with included S Pen Yes, with third-party accessory

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