Surface Go vs. Surface 3 (video)

Following its release last week, Surface Go has received plenty of praise as a worthy budget addition to Microsoft's Surface lineup. But it's not the first low-priced Surface on the block; that title would go to 2015's Surface 3.

So how do they compare? Whether you're looking to upgrade, or are just curious about how far Microsoft has come over the past three years, we dove in and pitted the two side-by-side to see how they compare.

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CategorySurface GoSurface 3
OSWindows 10Windows 10
Display10-inch1800x1200216 ppi10.8-inch1920x1280214 ppi
ProcessorIntel PentiumIntel Atom X7
RAM4GB or 8GB2GB or 4GB
LTEYes (coming)Yes
Front camera5MP3.5MP
Rear camera8MP AF8MP
Dimensions9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 in(245 x 175 x 8.3 mm)10.52 x 7.36 x 0.34 in(267 x 187 x 8.7 mm)
Weight1.15 lbs (522 g)1.37 lbs (622 g)
PortsUSB-C 3.1, 3.5mm headset, Surface ConnectUSB-A 3.0, Mini DP, micro-USB, 3.5mm headset
PenYes ($99 extra)Yes ($59 extra)
KeyboardYes ($99-129 extra)Yes ($129 extra)
Pricefrom $399from $499 (orig.)

Surface Go is available to order now in the U.S. and Canada starting at $399. The device is set to come to many more markets around the world in the coming weeks.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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