Despite celebrating 10 years worth of Surface development, Microsoft seemingly took 2022 off delivering only a few spec bumps for the Surface Studio, Surface Laptop and a consolidation of form factors for the Surface Pro line. However, it’s looking like 2023 could be the year Microsoft brings some significant improvements to its line up that may include a more powerful Surface Laptop Go.
According to the folks over at Windows Central, the Surface Laptop Go 3 is expected to arrive with Intel’s 12th Gen Core i5 processors, an entry-level 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Eschewing the previously loaded 4GB of entry-level RAM will presumably bump the price up for what used-to-be the low cost Surface device. It’s believed that a new starting price of $699 will replace the previous $599 Surface Laptop Go 2 customer paid last year.
While $700 isn’t expected to get customers new and flashy design changes such as screen tech improvements or more ports, different chassis design or even a haptic touchpad, the Surface Laptop Go 3 could end up delivering better battery life than the Go 2 thanks largely to the use of the more performative 12th Gen Intel chip, as well as some of the AI features that accompanied the Surface Pro 9 last year that help to improve video conferencing such as Voice and Image Clarity.
Microsoft may opt to offer some seasonal color options with the unveiling of the Surface Laptop Go 3 and remains unknown whether or not the company begins to finally move away from the proprietary Surface charging port to the more universal standard of Thunderbolt 4, as they have with their docking situation, but the spec bump may be enough for some customers to zero in on the Laptop Go 3 as their laptop of choice in 2023.