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The Surface Laptop Go has been Microsoft’s thinnest, lightest, and cheapest laptop since the first model launched in 2020 for $550 and up.

The new Surface Laptop Go 3 keeps the thin and light parts, but brings a significant performance boost thanks to a move to a 12th-gen Intel Core i5-1235U processor and at least 8GB of RAM. But it also brings a price hike: the new model starts at $800, putting it into direct competition with mid-range thin and light laptops from a number of PC makers.

Microsoft says the newest member of its Surface Laptop Go lineup keeps some of the features that made its predecessors stand out, including a 12.4 inch PixelSense touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a compact design that weighs less than 2.5 pounds and measures just 0.62 inches thick, and a Windows Hello-compatible Fingerprint reader built into the power button.

But in addition to the new processor, which Microsoft says is 88% faster than the Core i5-1035G1 chip used in the 2020 model, the new Surface Laptop Go 3 brings memory and storage upgrades. Sadly, the webcam hasn’t been updated – it’s still just as 720p camera.

The Surface Laptop Go 3 is available for pre-order now, and should be available beginning October 3, 2023.

Here’s how the Surface Laptop Go 3 stacks up against its predecessors:

Surface Laptop Go 3 (2023)Surface Laptop Go 2 (2022)Surface Laptop Go (2020)
Display12.4 inches
1536 x 1024 pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
148 ppi
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1235U
10 cores / 12 threads
(2 P-cores / 8 E-cores)
Up to 4.4 GHz
15W – 55W
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4 cores / 8 threads
Up to 4.2 GHz
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4 cores / 8 threads
Up to 3.6 GHz
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe
80 execution units
1.2 GHz max
Intel Iris Xe
80 execution units
1.3 GHz max
Intel UHD for 10th-gen
300 MHz base / 1.05 GHz max
8GB or 16GB
4GB or 8GB
4GB or 8GB
StorageSSD (removable)
SSD (removable)
128GB or 256GB
128GB or 256GB SSD
Ports1 x USB 3.2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x Surface Connect
1 x USB Type-C
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x Surface Connect
1 x USB Type-C
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x Surface Connect
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Battery41 Wh
Up to 15 hours
41 Wh
Up to 13.5 hours
Up to 13 hours
Charger39W power supply
Dual far-field Studio Mics
SpeakersOmnisonic Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
SecurityFingerprint sensor (in power button)
MaterialsAluminum top & polycarbonate base
ColorsSage, Ice Blue, Sandstone, and PlatinumIce Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum
Dimensions278.2 x 205.7 x 15.7mm
10.95″ x 8.1″ x 0.62″
Weight2.49 pounds2.48 pounds2.45 pounds
Price8GB / 256GB for $800
16GB / 256GB for $1000
4GB / 128GB for $600
8GB / 128GB for $700
8GB / 256GB for $800
4GB / 64GB for $550
8GB / 128GB for $700
8GB / 256GB for $900

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  1. With a screen less than full HD resolution and last year’s 1235U CPU this machine is really competing at the low end with bargain basement chromebooks. It’s not uncommon to find similarly spec’d machines on sale for half the price.

  2. $800 for 8 GB RAM, last year’s (albeit still capable) processor, 41 Wh battery, and 720p webcam in 2023? It’s as if Microsoft doesn’t want them to sell.

  3. I was mildly interested until I saw the screen resolution. That’s just not cutting it for me.