Surface Go 3 is a processor bump for Microsoft’s smallest tablet

It’s not as big 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 display, ports, and physical design as the Surface Go 2, but it upgrades processors, adds support for 802.11ax Wi-Fi, and comes with Windows 11 Home by default. The Surface Go 3 starts at the same price of $ 400 as the previous model and is available for pre-order today; the cell model will be available in “the next few months”.

The Surface Go’s biggest problem has always been that, especially in its cheaper configurations, its CPU, RAM, and storage specs have all been dangerously close to the bare minimum needed to run Windows comfortably. And the Surface Go 3 doesn’t do much about it. The dual-core Pentium Gold 6500Y and quad-core Core i3-10100Y processors are A significant and welcome advance over the Surface Go 2’s Pentium and Core m3 chips, but the entry-level Go 3 still only comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. That’s a little more than Microsoft’s minimum system requirements for Windows 10, but they barely meet the increased minimum RAM and storage requirements for Windows 11.

The version of GB 3 available to consumers reaches 128 GB of storage, so you’ll have to rely on microSD storage or cloud storage if you need more than that. There is a 256 GB version of the GB 3, but it is only available for businesses. And unlike the Surface Pro 8 or Pro X, the Surface Go 3’s SSD is still not user-replaceable.

Because 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 pair and charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2 wirelessly using the Go or its keyboard cover, but the stylus is still compatible with the Go 3 as long as you have a separate USB-C cradle for it. load it.

The Go 3 still includes a single USB-C port, a Surface Connect port, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader, as well as an infrared webcam for use with Windows Hello. The Go comes with Windows 11 Home in S mode, which like Windows 10 limits you to apps from the Microsoft Store and requires the use of Edge as a browser. You can always upgrade to the unrestricted non-S version of Windows 11 for free.

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