Surface Go 3: Price, Release Date, Specs, News, and Rumors

What to expect from the next-gen Surface Go

Surface Go 2
Surface Go 2.

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Microsoft is expected to release the third iteration of Surface Go, their tablet-computer hybrid, in 2021-2022. Although there's been very little to learn yet about this device, some of the chatter claims Microsoft will choose AMD chips instead of Intel, which could result in a more affordable and energy-efficient machine.

When Will the Surface Go 3 Be Released?

It’s hard to say, but product releases can usually be estimated based on the company’s history with similar devices. The original Surface Go launched in August 2018, and Surface Go 2 in May 2020.

Lifewire’s Release Date Estimate

It took nearly two years for Microsoft to offer a new Surface Go, so we’ll stick with that timeline for now. Our best guess is the Surface Go 3 will come out in the summer of 2022. If not then, expect an earlier release at the next Surface event on September 22, 2021.

Surface Go 3 Price Rumors

The next-gen Surface Go will likely start at the same price as the earlier two: $399.99.

There will likely be a handful of configurations. Therefore, the price range could extend to as high as around $700, depending on whether you want extra features like mobile network connectivity, more RAM, or storage space.

That said, Microsoft might be able to cut costs and decide to transfer those savings to you. Switching to AMD chips alone could provide a decent price reduction.

Pre-Order Information

Pre-orders usually quickly follow the announcement date, so we'll know more about the exact date you'll be able to pre-order the Surface Go 3 once it's been unveiled.

For reference, the original Surface Go took over a month to come out after its announcement, and the Go 2 was available within a week.

Surface Go 3 Features

The Surface Go 3 will be Microsoft’s third version of this tablet computer. It isn't to say they'll nail it this time around, but it's not far-fetched to assume some improvements.

We'd love some better cameras (both the original and the Go 2 use a 5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera). Although this is considered a budget device, it seems high time for at least a slight upgrade. Then again, even the 4x priced Surface Book 3 lacks in this area, so changes might not be in the works just yet.

Something that's been mirrored by many others and that we agree with is Microsoft needs to include a Type Cover with the Surface Go at no extra charge. Right now, when you order a new computer, you get the option to choose which Type Cover to get, but it's not included in the base price.

This inclusion would be a great move on Microsoft's part to attract people interested in using the tablet as a computer. As it stands, it's just a tablet until you add the keyboard and trackpad, arguably necessities if you want to call it a computer.

Previous Surface Go devices shipped with Windows 10. The Surface Go 3 will most likely come with Windows 11.

Surface Go 3 Specs and Hardware

A supposed Microsoft insider, spotted by TechRadar, claims the company could move away from Intel chips used in the two previous versions and opt instead for AMD’s Ryzen chip in an upcoming Surface Go:

...we are testing in house the new Ryzen mobile chips including the new very low power 4.8 watt one for our own custom devices but that could also conceivably be used in a Go 2 successor.

Using AMD should result in lower prices and better battery life. See our AMD Ryzen vs. Intel article for more.

However, more recently, in August 2021, a Geekbench report was released that's believed by some to be of the Surface Go 3. It shows one variant of the PC with an Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y processor and another with an Intel Core i3-10100Y CPU.

Geekbench system information table for supposed Surface Go 3

Despite having the exact overall dimensions, the Go 3 has smaller bezels than the Go 2 to fit a larger screen size (10.5" vs. 10"). Then, it isn't too wild to assume Microsoft will make a similar change with the Surface Go 3.

The maximum memory the current Surface Go can be configured with is 8 GB, and storage maxes out at 128 GB. These specs could end up in the Go 3's entry-level model, meaning that the higher-end ones could be beefed up a bit, like 12 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. However, if the table shown above is accurate and there aren't any other configurations to choose from, then one model will have 4 GB of RAM and the other will get 8 GB.

Another speculation is the Surface Go 3 could adopt the Surface Laptop Go's biometrics authentication features. The current Go supports Windows Hello face sign-in.

The Latest News About the Surface Go 3

You can get more laptop and tablet news from Lifewire; below are other news stories and rumors on the Surface Go 3.

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