Microsoft released the Surface Go 3 and Surface Pro 8 last year along with the much-talked-about Surface Duo 2. While the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go 3 were launched last year, the tech giant only announced WiFi versions of the products. US citizens now can finally grab the LTE versions of the devices from the Microsoft Store.
Surface Go 3
The Surface Go 3 is a smaller-sized Microsoft Surface tablet. It features a 10.5-inch display with a 1920x1280 touchscreen. The Surface Go 3’s design is similar to its predecessors. It uses the same magnesium alloy construction and weighs just 544g which makes it easily portable.
Microsoft describes the LCD display of the Surface Go 3 ‘PixelSense’ display. The display possesses sharp detail and color accuracy making it one of the best tablets for streaming video content. The device supports Full HD (1080p) video. However, a big drawback of the Surface Go 3 is its refresh rate. The tech giant fitted the Go 3 with a 60Hz panel, while the current industry standard is screens with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Users will miss the fluidity and smooth transitions 120Hz devices with the Surface Go 3.
The Go 3 is equipped with a 5.0MP front-facing camera and a single 8MP rear camera as well. Looking at the camera specs this is not for photo enthusiasts as the phones in the current market offer triple the image clarity.
Another disadvantage of the device is its battery life. After a full charge, the Microsoft tablet can only live up to roughly 9 hours before it needs to charge again.
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Surface Go 3 Specs
Screen: 10.5” PixelSense Display 1920 x 1280 (220 PPI) 60Hz
Processor: Dual-core Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y processor, Dual-core 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100Y processor
RAM: 4GB or 8GB LPDDR3
Storage: eMMC drive - 64 GB, SSD drive - 128 GB
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
Operating system: Windows 11 Home in S Mode
Camera: 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing auto-focus camera
Connectivity: Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE Advanced, 1xUSB-C,1 x Surface Connect port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Dimensions: 245 x 175 x 8.3 mm
Weight: 553 g
Surface Pro 8
Microsoft revamped Surface Pro 8's design to match the Surface Pro X with thinner bezels and rounded corners The tech giant also changed the material of construction from magnesium to aluminum for the body. The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 measures 13 inches diagonally making it bigger than its predecessors. The larger screen makes it easier to work with multiple windows. Unlike the Surface Go 3, this laptop cum tablet supports a faster refresh rate of 120Hz.
The Pro 8 houses the 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 chipsets. The machine has an upgraded cooling system to reduce noise while working on it. Microsoft has finally adopted Thunderbolt connectivity fitting the Pro 8 with Thunderbolt 4 ports. Thunderbolt is a necessity when it comes to connecting devices to displays, high-speed drives, and docks, as well as charging.
The Pro 8 supports Microsoft’s updated Signature detachable keyboard. Another notable feature is the new Slim Pen 2 stylus. The stylus has a small vibrating motor that activates when you drag it across the screen to provide the sensation of pen-on-paper writing.
Surface Pro 8 Specs
Screen: 13" LCD Display 2880x1920 (267 PPI) 120Hz
Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7 (11th generation)
RAM: 8, 16, or 32GB
Storage: 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
Operating system: Windows 11 Home
Camera: 10MP rear, 5MP front with Windows Hello
Connectivity: Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 2x Thunderbolt 4/USB-4, headphones, Surface Connect
Dimensions: 287 x 208x 9.3 mm
Weight: 891g (without keyboard)
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