Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Pro 8 stole the spotlight from the Surface Go 3 when the company revamped its PC portfolio last year, but now there is another reason to check out the diminutive convertible tablet.
A day after leaker Aggiornamenti Lumia posted images on Twitter showing the 10.5-inch tablet in a new matte black finish—one similar to the color option available on the Surface Laptop 4—Microsoft confirmed the launch of a new Surface Go 3 version.
The device is identical to the regular Surface Go 3 except for the new color option and the addition of LTE connectivity. The inclusion of LTE is an interesting one because the Surface Go 3 didn’t ship with the feature when it arrived last October, but Microsoft had recently added a mobile version to its website, a sold-out Platinum config with a Core i3 CPU.
Interestingly, Microsoft calls the new color option on the Surface Go 3 “Matte Black” whereas the the secondary color available on the Surface Pro 8 is “Graphite.”
It’s nice to see Microsoft add more color options to its budget devices, especially to the Go 3, a product meant as a travel companion, not just for use in your home office. It may not stand out as much as some of the striking hues available on the Surface Laptop 4 but the stealthy matte black color option, to me, looks better than the standard Platinum.
But putting a new coat of paint on the Surface Go 3 won’t resolve some of the problems we had with the slate, including its poor battery life and mediocre performance. In our mixed review of the Surface Go 3, we called the tablet “a worthy secondary computer for those who have the cash to splurge” but not something you should use as a primary device.
For that, you could turn to the Surface Laptop Studio or Surface Pro 8, or you could wait a few months because Microsoft will apparently be launching “multiple product refreshes” throughout 2022, The Verge reports. We don’t know which specific devices will be updated, but it’s safe to assume a Surface Laptop 5 will arrive with the latest components, including the new processors that Intel and AMD launched at CES 2022.
If you don’t want to wait, the matte black Surface Go 3 is available today starting at $550 for a model with a Pentium 6500Y CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The Core i3 option with LTE costs $730.