Microsoft's Surface Go 3 sports strong Intel processors, same convenient form factor

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Surface Go (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

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What you need to know

  • The Surface Go 3 has been announced and is available for pre-order ahead of its October 5 release.
  • The Wi-Fi version of the device will start at $399, with LTE models coming in December for the U.S. and Canada and early 2022 for other markets.
  • The leaked Surface Go 3 processor specs have turned out to be accurate.

Microsoft's latest line of Surface products has been officially revealed, following a short burst of leaks prematurely revealing items such as the Surface Duo 2's existence and the Surface Go 3's processor details. As it turns out, the latter have been confirmed by Microsoft's formal announcement of the third installment in its Surface tablet line.

The Surface Go 3 features the Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y and Intel Core i3-10100Y processors that were namedropped in association with the device over on Geekbench not too long ago, with 4GB or 8GB of RAM attached respectively. Storage-wise, you can go as low as 64GB of eMMC memory, while Commerical Channels will get up to 256GB SSDs. Here's the complete spec list:

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CategorySurface Go 3
OSWindows 11 Home in S mode (consumer)
Windows 11 Pro (commercial)
Windows 10 Pro (commercial)
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 6500Y
10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100Y
GraphicsIntel UHD 615
Storage64GB eMMC
256GB SSD (commercial)
Display10.5 inches
220 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Surface Connect
3.5mm audio
microSD card reader
Nano SIM (LTE models)
AudioDual 2W stereo speakers
Dual far-field studio mics
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Snapdragon X16 LTE
eSIM support
Nano SIM support
CameraFront-facing 5MP (1080p)
Rear-facing 8MP (1080p)
IR camera
KeyboardType Cover
Not included
PenMPP compatible
Not included
SecurityIR camera
Firmware TPM (consumer)
Hardware TPM 2.0 (commercial)
BatteryUp to 11 hours
Dimensions9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
(245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)
WeightWi-Fi: 1.2 pounds (544g)
LTE: 1.22 pounds (533g)

As can be seen on the table, consumers will receive Windows 11 Home S. It's fitting given that Windows 11 is having its own launch on October 5, the same day the Surface Go 3 releases to the public. Again, the device will start at $399 but can get more expensive depending on what internals you opt for.

Surface Go 3

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Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 64GB, WiFi$399.99
Intel Pentium, 8GB RAM, 128GB, WiFi$549
10th Gen Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB, WiFi$629.99
Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 64GB, LTE$499.99
10th Gen Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB, LTE$729.99

LTE models will come in December 2021 for the U.S. and Canada, with other markets having to wait until early 2022.

Robert Carnevale

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