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.

Category Surface Go Surface 3
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 10-inch
1800x1200
216 ppi
10.8-inch
1920x1280
214 ppi
Processor Intel Pentium Intel Atom X7
Storage 64/256GB 64/128GB
RAM 4GB or 8GB 2GB or 4GB
LTE Yes (coming) Yes
microSD Yes Yes
Front camera 5MP 3.5MP
Rear camera 8MP AF 8MP
Dimensions 9.6 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)
Weight 1.15 lbs (522 g) 1.37 lbs (622 g)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.1 4.0
Speakers Dual Dual
Ports USB-C 3.1, 3.5mm headset, Surface Connect USB-A 3.0, Mini DP, micro-USB, 3.5mm headset
Pen Yes ($99 extra) Yes ($59 extra)
Keyboard Yes ($99-129 extra) Yes ($129 extra)
Price from $399 from $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.

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