Surface Go 2 HeroSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Microsoft's budget-friendly Surface Go line of tablets is one of our favorites, being accessible to a much wider audience thanks to its low-cost of entry in a tiny package that makes it super portable and fun to use. With pricing starting at $399, it's hard to hate the Surface Go. So, here's everything you need to know about the latest Surface Go 3.

Surface Go 3: Pricing and availability

The Surface Go 3 is expected to start shipping on Oct. 5 in "many markets." The LTE models of Surface Go 3 will begin shipping in the December timeframe in the United States and Canada, and in early 2022 for other markets. U.S. pricing for each SKU is as follows:

Surface Go 3

Category Features
Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y/4GB RAM/64GB eMMC/Wi-Fi $399
Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y/4GB RAM/64GB eMMC/LTE $499
Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/Wi-Fi $549
Intel Core i3-10100Y/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/Wi-Fi $629
Intel Core i3-10100Y/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/LTE $729

Surface Go 3: Specs

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

Surface Go 3: Features

Surface Go 2Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Surface Go 3 is identical to the Surface Go 2 in every way except the processor department. That means there are no new features specific to the Surface Go 3, though you do now get more power for your money with the entry-level model, as it's now 60% more powerful than the entry-level Surface Go 2.

You can equip the Surface Go 3 with a microSD card, thanks to the built-in microSD card reader hidden under the kickstand. The 10.5-inch touchscreen can be used with your fingers or an optional Surface Pen. Surface Go 3 also supports the same Surface Go 2 and Surface Go 1 Type Covers, though Microsoft has updated the newest Surface Go Type Covers with the new Windows 11 logo on the Start button. Outside of that change, the Type Covers are identical.

The Surface Go 3 also uses the older Surface Pen design, not the Surface Slim Pen or Surface Slim Pen 2. The old Surface Pen can magnetically attach to the side of the Surface Go 3, though it will not wirelessly charge there, and the battery will need to be replaced around once a year.

Of course, the Surface Go 3 also has options for LTE, giving you access to the web from anywhere using a data plan. Those models won't be shipping until later, however.

Surface Go 3 for students

Microsoft says the Surface Go 3 is an excellent PC for students looking to complete schoolwork at home or at school. Its small size makes it a great PC for fitting into a backpack, and the optional Type Cover accessory gives the Surface Go 3 the versatility of turning into a laptop when required for writing essays or doing research.

With the optional Surface Pen, the Surface Go 3 becomes a great note-taking device. The 10.5-inch display is almost the same size as a piece of paper, so when paired with OneNote, writing with the Surface Pen feels totally natural.

You've also got a great webcam for video calls with classmates, and a headphone jack if you wish to plug in your headphones to listen to music or watch a video while you work.

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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