The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is a Windows tablet with a 10.5 inch, 1920 x 1280 display, entry-level specs, and a $400 starting price that makes it one of the most affordable members of the Surface lineup.

When Microsoft first launched the Surface Go 3 in 2021, the company also promised that a model with 4G LTE was on the way. Now it’s here, with prices starting at about $500.

Microsoft first began offering an LTE option for its most affordable tablet in January… but at the time you couldn’t add cellular data to the most affordable configuration of the tablet.

The Surface Go 3 supports up to an Intel Core i3-10100Y processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid state storage, but a version with those top tier specs will set you back $630. Add 4G LTE and the price rises to $730. And that’s been the only option for folks who’ve wanted to buy a 4G model since January.

But now you can also add 4G to an entry-level model featuring an Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage as well.

That means the list prices for the Surface Go 3 now range from $400 to $730:

  • Pentium 6500Y/4GB RAM/64GB eMMC (WiFi-only) for $400
  • Pentium 6500Y/4GB RAM/64GB eMMC (WiFi + 4G LTE) for $500
  • Pentium 6500Y/8GB/128GB SSD (WiFi-only) for $550
  • Core i3-10110U/8GB/128GB SSD (WiFi-only) for $630
  • Core i3-10110U/8GB/128GB SSD (WiFi + 4G LTE) for $730

While the Surface Go 3 is the least device in Microsoft’s Surface tablet lineup, it’s also the most affordable (while the prices listed above don’t include a keyboard or mouse, that’s true across the board for all of Microsoft’s Surface tablets). The Surface Pro 7+ has list prices starting at $800, while the Surface Pro X starts at $900 and the Surface Pro 8 sells for $1100 and up.

Microsoft often runs sales on some or more of its Surface devices though, and as of March 18, 2022 you can save $50 to $80 on select Surface Go 3 models with 8GB of RAM.

This article was originally published January 4, 2022 and last updated March 18, 2022. 

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  1. It’s hard for me to get interested in this Go product when the whole thing feels like another cash grab.

    I can remember thinking $399 was a great deal the last Go around…and by the time I hit the cash register it was almost double that. I had to put it back, I wasn’t happy with the specs. To get something I actually wanted, ended up at right about $800. You can get a regular Surface tablet for cheaper.

    I want to like these…but don’t. So…what did I end up with? I ended up just buying the HP PRO x2 612 G2 for $175(on ebay). Afterall…it had a better processor than the Surface GO 2 and I liked the black look to it better than the GO model.

    Best,
    Steven B.(Liquid Cool)

  2. I wonder if the rumor that the AMD CPU on the Deck was originally a MS-AMD project but MS dumped it, then Valve picked up the scraps is true.

    If so, maybe MS had originally planned on putting the custom CPU in the Go 3 last year with a lower TDP (or maybe performance at lower TDP was the reason it got dumped) instead of just sticking a marginally better (compared to the Go 2) non-EOL Intel CPU.

  3. I bought a 4G phone 18 months ago and regret it, so buying a 4G tablet now just doesn’t sit well. But yeah, the larger screen is a factor, as is the fact I don’t do much with such devices that is CPU intensive.

  4. Been looking to upgrade my Surface Go LTE. Looks like it’s time. Although this is more a Go 2+ it seems.

  5. I think I’d go for the Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G over that for $70 more, accepting the lesser processor and silly long name in exchange for 5G.

    1. That seems like pretty big compromise for just 5G. It’s a noticeably larger device too unless that’s also a positive for you.

  6. Pricing seems crazy for the specs. Hopefully some company will release a Ryzen 6000 equipped tablet this year. The lack of AMD tablets is pretty crazy. I could understand not having Zen 1 options due to heat but Zen 2 and newer has been very efficient at low watts.

    1. AMD never got round to making 6W Ryzen chips. Only Intel has been making those. I’ve been waiting for years for that to happen as well. In the end I just got a Surface Pro with an Intel chip.