Floor Go Three is a processor bump for Microsoft’s smallest pill
The Surface Go 3 looks very similar to the Go 2.
The Go 3 has faster processors, but the same ports, screen resolution and size, and accessory compatibility as the previous model.
Microsoft is pushing the new Surface Slim Pen 2 with its other new convertibles, but the Surface Go is still best with the regular Surface Pen.
It’s not as big of an upgrade as the Surface Pro 8, but Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet received an update today. The Surface Go 3 retains the same 10.5-inch 1920 × 1280 screen, ports, and physical design as the Surface Go 2, but it updates the processors, adds 802.11ax Wi-Fi support, and comes with Windows 11 Home comes standard. The Surface Go 3 starts at $ 400 like the previous model and is available for pre-order starting today. the cell model will be available in “the coming months”.
The biggest problem with the Surface Go has always been that the processor, RAM and memory specifications, especially in its cheapest configurations, are dangerously close to what is necessary to run Windows comfortably. And the Surface Go 3 doesn’t add much to that. The dual-core Pentium Gold 6500Y and quad-core Core i3-10100Y processors are a significant and welcome advance over the Pentium and Core m3 chips in the Surface Go 2, but the entry-level Go 3 still only contains 4GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage. That’s a little more than Microsoft’s minimum system requirements for Windows 10, but they just barely meet the increased minimum RAM and storage requirements for Windows 11.
The version of the Go 3 available to consumers comes with 128GB of storage so you can rely on microSD storage or cloud storage when you need more. There is a 256GB version of the Go 3, but it’s only available for businesses. And unlike the Surface Pro 8 or Pro X, the Surface Go 3’s SSD is still not user-replaceable.
Since the new tablet is physically identical to its predecessor, all accessories that work with the Surface Go 2 will work with the Surface Go 3 and vice versa. You can’t wirelessly pair and charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2 with the Go or its keyboard cover, but the pen is still compatible with the Go 3 as long as you have a separate USB-C cradle to charge it.
The Go 3 also includes a single USB-C port, a Surface Connect port, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader, as well as an IR webcam for use with Windows Hello. The Go comes with Windows 11 Home in S mode, which, like Windows 10, restricts you to apps from the Microsoft Store and requires you to use Edge as your browser. You can still switch to the unrestricted non-S version of Windows 11 for free.
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