Leaked earlier in the week, the Surface Go 3 seems to have matched up with the specifications from Thailand’s electronics retailer, Shopee, as well as corroborating the leaks from before as well.
The Surface Go 3 features an Intel Core i3-10100Y or Pentium Gold 6500Y, putting it on the weaker end of the processor line (seriously, Pentium GOLD?!), but considering this is aimed at the super low-end consumer base, it should just be fine for browsing and light office work. I wouldn’t expect to run any games on the thing, but with it being 10th Generation CPUs instead of the more recent 11th Gen, it seems like it won’t benefit from the EVO line’s battery life.
There are also three storage options, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, with the 64GB storage only being eMMC, so significantly slower than the SSD counterparts. On top of this, there are 4 or 8GB of RAM options, with storage able to be expanded via the MicroSD card slot.
It also does have a 3:2, 1920×1280 screen embedded in, but if I’m honest, the Surface Go 2 and Go before it was highly disappointing devices that just failed to provide a solid low-end machine with a still fairly high cost. Considering that the iPad Air and Mini seem to have this end of the market on lock, I’d still say investigate those over the Surface Go.
Surface Go 3 Specs
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home S Mode|
|Display||10.5 inches, 3:2 aspect ratio
1920×1280 (220 ppi) resolution
1500:1 contrast ratio
|Processor||Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
Intel Core i3-10100Y
|Surface Pen||4,096 levels of pressure, tilt support|
|Camera||5MP front-facing with Windows Hello
8MP rear auto-focus
|Security||Windows Hello face sign-in|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible, Bluetooth Wireless 5.0
LTE Advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem
|Ports||1x USB-C, 1x Surface Connect, microSDXC card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Audio||2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||9.65 inches x 6.9 inches x 0.33 inches (245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)|
Where to buy the Surface Go 3
The Surface Go starts at $399 and tops out at 629.99 for the i3 Model with fully decked out specs. It’s available from Microsoft’s website right now and should hit retailers later.
It launches the 5th of October alongside the rest of the Surface line.