Although Microsoft's annual fall event largely ended up being focused on AI, the company did have some new Surface hardware, too, as we all expected. Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Laptop Go 3, which it says will run for up to to 15 hours on a single charge while still being thin and light (0.62 inches and just shy of 2.5 pounds). The lightweight machine has a 12.4-inch touchscreen with a 3:2 ratio, a resolution of 1,536 x 1,024 and a brightness rating of 320 nits. At first glance, the bezels don't seem to have changed much from previous iterations.
Performance-wise, Microsoft claims the Surface Laptop Go 3 is 88 percent faster than the original model, which came out three years ago. Inside, it runs a 12th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU along with Intel Iris Xe graphics. You can configure it with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of storage (512GB in the commercial version).
In addition, there's a 720p HD front-facing camera; a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor; dual far-field Studio Mics; and Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio. As for connectivity, you'll get a USB-C 3.2 port that you'll use for DisplayPort and fast charging; a USB-A 3.1 socket; a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Surface Connect port. There's also Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support.
Unsurprisingly, given Microsoft's focus on AI over the last year, the laptop will embrace Copilot AI, which the company is baking into Windows 11. The Surface Laptop Go 3 will be available in four colors — Platinum, Sage, Sandstone and Ice Blue — and will start at $799. It ships on October 3.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3
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