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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)

Surface Go

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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:

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
RAM4GB, 8GB
GraphicsIntel UHD 615
Storage64GB eMMC
128GB SSD
256GB SSD (commercial)
Display10.5 inches
1920x1280
220 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Touch
PortsUSB-C
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
TouchpadPrecision
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)
ColorPlatinum

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

SpecsPrice
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 is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

14 Comments
  • Pretty surprised to not see any ARM chips in its third iteration (not even those Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 CPUs).
  • right. do I go with a Go-3 to replace my O.G., or do I make the jump to ARM.??
  • Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 struggles to run Chrome OS on chromebooks right now. So it's not really suitable for W11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T50MwVaOyBg
  • I'm really surprised to see a Chromebook-focused channel would say that. I don't see that kind of feedback from other Chromebook fanatics.
  • Not it doesn't. ChromeOS runs fine on Mediatek processors. It's the 4GB of ram they keep fitting that's the problem.
  • I have the Lenovo Duet at home with same lags and slowdown on the Mediatek Kompanio 500 chip, so the problem is underpowered ARM chips. 4GB ram is perfectly fine for chromebooks.
  • I used to own the OG HP Chromebook X2 which has an Intel Core m3 and found the 4GB ram wasn't enough.
  • Did you skip 90% of that review where's he's praising it and even made the valid point what do you expect for 399? The Snapdragon 7c runs like you'd expect for less than 400 bucks.
  • Ikr. I'd so love to see an ARM-powered Surface Go with either the 7c Gen 2 or possibly a Lite version of Microsoft-exclusive SQ2. That would be slick.
  • More expensive than the comparably Apple product, while being more limited. That is never a good combo.
  • Name me the comparable Apple product? I'll wait.
  • iPad. At the lowest end $399 Go to $329 iPad. At the higher end $729.99 (i3, LTE) vs iPad Air $729 (64G,LTE). Keyboards and pens extra on both. Comparable basic functionality. One's a little Windows PC, trying to be a tablet, the other a tablet trying to be productive. You want to do Mail, web, Office, on each they aren't much different. You can even use a trackpad and mouse on iPadOS these days. I wouldn't say the Go is more limited though. There is really nothing Windows based you can't do on the Go, though some of it not well. There are lots of Windows based things you can't do on iPadOS at all, unless you argue Remote Desktop/ Cloud PC. That's from a Windows POV of course, but we are at WC not iMore.
  • So it's not 399 but 549 or 629. The 399 is barely useable and it's about time the base model had 8GB/128GB.
  • Why, oh why, does this not get a type cover that hold a Slim Pen?