Surface GoSource: Microsoft

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:

Surface GoSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Category Surface Go 3
OS Windows 11 Home in S mode (consumer)
Windows 11 Pro (commercial)
Windows 10 Pro (commercial)
Processor Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100Y
RAM 4GB, 8GB
Graphics Intel UHD 615
Storage 64GB eMMC
128GB SSD
256GB SSD (commercial)
Display 10.5 inches
1920x1280
220 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Touch
Ports USB-C
Surface Connect
3.5mm audio
microSD card reader
Nano SIM (LTE models)
Audio Dual 2W stereo speakers
Dual far-field studio mics
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Snapdragon X16 LTE
eSIM support
Nano SIM support
Camera Front-facing 5MP (1080p)
Rear-facing 8MP (1080p)
IR camera
Keyboard Type Cover
Not included
Touchpad Precision
Pen MPP compatible
Not included
Security IR camera
Firmware TPM (consumer)
Hardware TPM 2.0 (commercial)
Battery Up to 11 hours
Dimensions 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
(245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)
Weight Wi-Fi: 1.2 pounds (544g)
LTE: 1.22 pounds (533g)
Color Platinum

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

Specs Price
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.

Surface surprise

Surface Go 2

Surface Go 3

Third time's the charm

If you want entry to the Surface family of devices for one of the lowest possible prices, the Surface Go 3 tablet is an option to consider. For now, it's a Wi-Fi device, though LTE options are on the way.

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