“I hoped the ‘iPad-killer’ meme had finally kicked the bucket, but I was wrong: the hype is back around Microsoft’s overpriced and underpowered Surface Go,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “Reports that it’s about to kill the iPad are over-exaggerated.”

“Let’s get something out of the way. Surface Go does not compete with the iPad Pro on any metric that matters,” Evans writes. “Limited processor capability means the device does less, of course – so when you read the adulation for Surface Go just try to remember the product it actually does compete with is the excellent 2018 iPad. Even then, Surface Go seems to be a fairly poor choice on the basis of price, performance, apps, and capability.”

“Apple’s 2018 iPad costs from $329 (and $30 less for education customers. It hosts a 64-bit A10 Fusion chip,” Evans writes. “Surface Go [$399] provides a 1.6GHz 64-bit Intel Pentium Gold chip. Check the benchmarks for both chips and it should be clear the A10 Fusion is far faster than the Pentium, particularly when it comes to graphics. Entry-level Surface Go devices use eMMC storage, which will also impact performance. If you want the same kind of SSD performance you get from an iPad, you’ll need to spend another $150.”

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