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Surface Go 3 leaks reveal specs of Microsoft's new tablet

Surface Go USB-C port
Surface Go USB-C port (Image credit: Windows Central)

Surface Go 2

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Specs of the Surface Go 3 momentarily leaked on a retailer's website.
  • The listing included the specs of Microsoft's upcoming tablet.
  • Based on the listing, the Surface Go 3 will have options for Intel Pentium 6500Y or Core i3-10100Y processors.

Microsoft's Surface Go 3 briefly appeared on the Thai retailer Shopee's website (opens in new tab). The folks at WinFuture were able to check out the specs of the device before the listing was taken down. The information from the retail listing lines up with what we've previously reported as well as suspected Geekbench results.

The main takeaway from the listing is that the Surface Go 3 should ship with either Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y or Intel Core i3-10100Y processors. The Pentium Gold 6500Y is a significant step up from the Pentium Gold 4425Y in the Surface Go 2. Both chips that will ship with the Surface Go 3 are Amber Lake Y processors, which aren't as powerful as 11th Gen Tiger Lake chips.

Assuming the listing is accurate, the external design of the Surface Go 3 appears to be largely unchanged compared to the Surface Go 2. The Surface Go 3 still lacks PCIe, which some had hoped for.

According to the retail listing and previous reports and leaks, the Surface Go 3 should have the following specs:

CategorySurface Go 3
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home S Mode
Display10.5 inches, 3:2 aspect ratio
1920x1280 (220 ppi) resolution
1500:1 contrast ratio
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 6500Y
Intel Core i3-10100Y
Memory4GB
8GB
Storage64GB eMMC
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
Expandable StoragemicroSD
Surface Pen4,096 levels of pressure, tilt support
Camera5MP front-facing with Windows Hello
8MP rear auto-focus
SecurityWindows Hello face sign-in
ConnectivityWi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible, Bluetooth Wireless 5.0
LTE Advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem
Ports1x USB-C, 1x Surface Connect, microSDXC card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack
Audio2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
BatteryUp to 10 hours
Dimensions9.65 inches x 6.9 inches x 0.33 inches (245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)

We suspect that the Surface Go 3 will start at $399. Microsoft is expected to announce the Surface Go 3 at its Surface hardware event on September 22, 2021.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

14 Comments
  • Is that 10.5" screen same as Surface Go 2? I.e. Are bezels any smaller?
  • Seems kind of expensive compared to what Apple just put out with their new iPad mini. I know they are not exact apples to apples devices, but assuming they have similar use cases for users considering this device.
  • Actually the Surface Go 3 is almost the same size as the standard iPad, so it competes with a $329 low end device.
  • The upside to the Go is that it runs a full OS which give you full MS Office which some people want and need. Both are good, different, depends on needs. Buy both! iPad is great in its own right.
  • If you are looking to run Office, do you really want to run it on a 10” screen with low performance hardware at a premium price?
  • Not everyone is running convoluted formulas on Excel. Typing up a quick memo or making last-minute edits on a PowerPoint is totally doable on these things.
  • Typing up a quick memo or making last-minute edits on a PowerPoint is also totally doable on an iPad.
  • Get your point, but iPadOS is a full OS, unless you insist on the definition containing, 'runs Windows applications'. Full Office is interpretable too. Does that mean has every feature available? Or does it mean runs every application in the Office suite (Access, Visio, Project)? If it is what most people use, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, those exist for iPadOS, at a level most using an 11" device are probably fine with. If you're not stuck with MS Office, Apple provides comparable products with the iPad. Absolutely a matter of what an individual needs, but today's iPad, is not your GrandPa's iPad.
  • Ipad mini is an 8 inch device & starts at 499$ for 64gb storage so it's not a competition for surface go. Ipad 10.2 2021 is biggest threat to surface go. because it starts at 329$ (64gb) or 479$(256gb) & offers same storage but faster processor, higher resolution screen, better cameras etc. Surface go got kickstand, micro SD support, 8gb ram options with ssd & superiority as a laptop thanks to windows os so it has it's own selling points but base iPad that starts at 329$ will certainly take away surface go sales from normal users who are looking for tablet first device which can serve as laptop for basic usecases.
  • Can't believe they're STILL releasing a model with 64MB eMMC. But I guess ultimately it doesn't matter, since you'll be able to find good deals on better-specced models (that's how it was with the Go and Go 2 that I bought). If you're looking for "inexpensive, high-quality convertibles" (and you're not shopping used), then these are still the only game in town.
  • A 4GB RAM VARIANT !!! WAIT BUT Y ? HOW?
  • Come on matte black, you can do it!
  • I had a black Surface, it was the worst fingerprint magnet I've ever seen.
  • I never really cared for the Surface Go but with the demise of the Surface Book, I will need something to replace the removable screen. It does seem pretty capable. It all comes down to the pen performance.