Microsoft's Surface Go 3 now available in matte black and with LTE

Surface Go 3 Black
Surface Go 3 Black (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is now available in matte black.
  • LTE models of the Surface Go 3 are also available through the Microsoft Store.
  • The Surface Go 3 starts at $400, though the most affordable black model on Microsoft's website costs $550.

Microsoft is expanding its Surface lineup just a bit to start off 2022. Earlier today, the company launched the Surface Pro 8 with LTE. Now, Microsoft has released black versions of its Surface Go 3. You can also order the Surface Go 3 with LTE connectivity through the Microsoft Store starting today.

If you'd like to have LTE on your Surface Go 3, it appears that you'll have to purchase one with an Intel Core i3 processor. Microsoft's website doesn't list an LTE option for the Pentium 6500Y model. A Surface Go 3 with an Intel Core i3, LTE, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage costs $730. That configuration is available in matte black or silver, though the silver listing is currently out of stock.

The black options for the Surface Go 3 are reminiscent of the original Surface devices that were released almost ten years ago. Microsoft also has black options for some other PCs, such as the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro X.

The Surface Go 3 is one of the best Windows tablets. It's the most portable Surface PC and is a solid option for students or people who need to get light work done on the go.

If you don't like the silver or black options from Microsoft, you can wrap your Surface Go 3 in a skin from dbrand.

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  • Wow, that didn't take long to go from leak to release. I just got a Pro 8 but I miss the portability of the Go. If the Go 3 had a significantly better processor than the m3 Go 2, I would have went with that instead.
  • The m3 processor has single core GeekBench 5.4 score of nearly 1,000 with is on par with Intel's i5 processor in the Surface Pro 6. So the m3 processor is more than powerful enough for MS Office applications and other productivity applications (video and photo editing aren't productivity, their hobbies done on a smartphone by novices or done on a laptop/desktop by professionals). Unfortunately, you take a hit in battery life of around 20 compared to the Surface Go 3's Pentium processor in the $399 and $549 models.
  • "So the m3 processor is more than powerful enough for MS Office applications and other productivity applications", as a m3 owner, I would say it is mostly there but it is still on the weak side if you want to do some coding. It would also be easier to recommend it to friends if MS would put a better igpu in it (/which is bound to happen I think with Tiger Lake or newer).
  • I've had the m3 since launch and really enjoyed it. That said, it was getting a big long in the tooth and I wanted something with a bit more zip. A recent update to Affinity Photo was just taxing my poor m3 too much. Unfortunately, going from the m3 to i3 isn't enough of an upgrade to make it worthwhile thus I landed on the (too large for my taste) Pro 8.
  • Why does it need a better GPU? People who do office work or work in the field don't care about GPU power. As for coding, the SG3 isn't designed for coders. It is designed for MS Office applications on the Go.
  • The Go 3 i3 was dissapointing yeah. The Go 4 will very likely get a performance bump.
  • Let's hope for a design bump too. This is too thick, compared to iPad's similar size. At least 11 inch screen too, please. And what's the point of the Surface connector instead of TB3?
  • You mean iPads need a design bump to actually become real computers that run MacOS applications instead of big iPhones that run smartphone apps, correct.
  • They are far beyond big iPhones at this point and you know it. If one wants MacOS can buy MacBook. Simple
  • I actually received my Surface Go 3 LTE last month. I love the larger screen than my Go 1 LTE. Probably will get a skin as I scuffed the old one pretty well.
  • Those are steep prices when a Pro X with LTE isn't much more.
  • With the Go 3 I would ignore the i3 models and just get the pentium one with 8 gb ram (its almost the same performance wise).
  • Exactly, my 2020 SPX (SQ2, 16 ram, 512 ssd) only cost me $579US open-box at Best Buy...
  • Surface No, with these retarded specs, compared to Apple's offerings
  • Apple does not make computer tablets. iPads are big iPhones that run smartphone apps (and only 1.9 million apps). They can't run MacOS applications, can't run full versions of MS Office or even full version of Adobe. SG3 is a real computer that runs 35 million Windows applications. This is why tablet unit sales have plummeted from 240 million in 2014 to 160 million in 2019. And why iPad's market share has crashed from 80% in 2013 to 34% in 2020. People now realize how functionally limited tablets in general and iPads, in particular, are when it come to doing stuff beyond browsing internet, watching YouTube, and watching Netflix. You are welcome for the free education...
  • Can you please point me the statistics that say Windows has 35 mill applications ready for it? And will you be talking the same when Apple releases Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, which is inevitable? You do realize these two, plus external monitor extention instead of mirroring are the breaking point where Microsoft should be absolutely worried right? And it's a matter of not so much time. If I were you or Microsoft I would be asking myself this question - Will Apple deliver some software faster or slower than Microsoft's (or Intel/Qualcomm/Nvidia/AMD) ability to create optimized and power saving behemoth of a custom chip?