Microsoft might be making a Surface Go with an Intel Core m3

Announced last July, Microsoft's Surface Go sits at the bottom of the company's hardware lineup. It includes a Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU, and it starts with just 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. But a new benchmark on Geekbench (spotted by Windows Latest) shows that Microsoft might at least be doing something about the low-end CPU.

The listing shows a product called 'OEMTX OEMTX Product Name EV1', which was what the Surface Go was called on Geekbench before it came out. But this one has an Intel Core m3-8100Y.

You might recall that the original Surface Go rumors said that it would come with a Core m3, although at that time, it would have been a Core m3-7Y30. The rumors at the time didn't make sense for the same reason it doesn't make sense now, which is that a Core m3-8100Y sells for $281, making it way too expensive of a part for a $400 PC.

Since we're not expecting a refreshed Surface Go at October's Microsoft event, it seems more likely that this could be a higher end model of the current model, rather than a Surface Go 2. The company has been known to refresh the internals of its Surface devices mid-stream. It's also worth noting that the model shown runs Windows 10 Pro, which means that it would be a Surface Go for Business. If businesses are saying that they love the Surface Go but hate the CPU options, then a more expensive model like this would make sense.

The benchmark itself is dated April 16, 2019, so if this model is going to be a real thing, it's going to be coming soon.

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