Microsoft announces the new Surface Laptop Go 3

Microsoft has revealed a new third-generation model of its Surface Laptop Go line during its Surface event today. The company is launching the new Surface Laptop Go 3 in October, and the notebook will have “up to 15 hours of battery” and command a starting price of $799.

The new Surface Laptop Go 3 is not to be confused with the non-laptop Surface Go, a smaller and less performant version of the popular main Surface tablet line. The 12.45-inch Surface Laptop Go 3 is the company’s latest cheap and light notebook offering for those who aren’t looking for a powerhouse but like the Surface style.

Just as the WinFuture leak suggested, Microsoft’s latest Laptop Go release looks similar to the previous Surface Laptop Go 2 but has some new internal upgrades. The previous models touted Intel’s 11th Gen chips, it now comes with chips that are “88 percent faster.”

Besides the performance bumps mentioned, the new Surface Laptop Go 3 remains largely identical to the previous model. It still has the same 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense touchscreen as both the previous model and the first one that was released in 2020. The new model comes in four colors and weighs under 2.5 pounds.

You’re also getting the same port selection from last year, which includes one USB-A port, one USB-C, a headphone jack on the left, and the proprietary Surface Connect port on the right side. A fingerprint scanner is available on the new Laptop Go 3.

In our review of the previous Surface Laptop Go 2 from August 2022, we weren’t fans of the lousy port selection, lack of backlight keys, and the not-very-good battery life. Microsoft has, on the surface, done little to change that here. But once we get our hands on one to review, we’ll find out if this is a worthwhile upgrade and if it can sustain the newly advertised “all-day battery life.”

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