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New Surface Go 3 leak points to Microsoft taking a sideways step with its 10.5-inch tablet

This may well be the Surface Go 3, although it and the Surface Go 2 will look identical. (Image source: Microsoft)
This may well be the Surface Go 3, although it and the Surface Go 2 will look identical. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is set to reveal the Surface Go 3 at its hardware event later this month, where we may also see the Surface Book 4 and Surface Duo 2. While these two may be overhauls compared to their predecessors, the Surface Go 3 will not. Expect the same design as the Surface Go 2 and the same family of processors.

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Roland Quandt and WinFuture have offered more details on the Surface Go 3, following its recent trip to Geekbench. Apparently, the Surface Go 3 will retain its predecessor's design, including its 10.5-inch display. Hence, the Surface Go 2 and Surface Go 3 will look identical, with Microsoft probably re-using the same chassis between generations, too.

The Pentium Gold 6500Y and Core i3-10100Y will power the Surface Go 3, both Amber Lake-Y processors based on a 14 nm process. In other words, the Surface Go 3 will utilise processors from the same family as the Surface Go 2. As we have already discussed, the Pentium Gold 6500Y is nothing more than a Core m3-8100Y by a different name, too.

Ultimately, the entry-level Surface Go 3 will look and perform like the most powerful Surface Go 2. The Core i3-10100Y offers a decent performance improvement over the Core m3-8100Y. According to our database, the former should provide about 17% more power than the latter, which is a decent generational improvement.

However, the Core i3-10100Y is still only a dual-core processor with a UHD Graphics 615 GPU. The Core i7-10510Y would have been a more compelling option in our opinion. Not only does the Core i7-10510Y have double the cores, threads and a faster UHD Graphics 617 GPU but it also has a comparable power envelope to the Core i3-10100Y.

Quandt states that Microsoft will focus on the Surface Go 3 at its September 22 hardware event. He has not ruled out the company launching other products at the same event though, such as the Surface Book 4 and the Surface Duo 2.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-09- 3 (Update: 2021-09- 3)