Surface Go 3

Here's what you need to know about 2021 Surface Go 3 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Our analysis and reviews

Surface Go 3 image

Creadit: Microsoft

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Go 3.

Supports Windows 11

Surface Go 3 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsSurface Go 3
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 6500Y → Intel Core i3-10100Y
4GB RAM4GB → 8GB
64GB Drive64GB → 256GB
2 Cores CPU2 cores
Responsive touch and digital pen input
Great battery life of up to 11-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Go 3 lasts up to 11 hours of battery life.

Up to 11 hours of typical device usage

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Go 3.

The entry-level model comes with a slow eMMC

All Surface Go 3 with 64GB of storage still uses a slow eMMC (Embedded MultiMediaCard) technology which is significantly slower than the SSD (Solid-State Drive).

Not included Type Cover
Non-upgradable storage

Surface Go 3 has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more.

Non-upgradable memory

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

New 10th Gen Intel processors

The latest 10th gen Intel Mobile processors make Surface Go 3 even faster, especially the entry-level models that now also support Intel® Turbo Boost technology 2.0 with a boost frequency of up to 3.40 GHz.

Longer Battery Life of up to 11 hours

Surface Go 3 can last up to 11 hours of battery life of typical device usage.

Preloaded with Windows 11
Supports fast charging
Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i3-10100Y inside Surface Go 3 has a 19% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core M3-8100Y inside Surface Go 2.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Go 3 - Intel Core i3-10100Y
1,570
Surface Go 3 - Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
1,510
Surface Go 2 - Intel Core M3-8100Y
1,313
Surface Go 2 - Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y
922

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Key Features

Surface Go 3
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
3:2 FHD+
10.5”
1280p 60Hz
Weight
1.2 lb
0.54 kg
Up to
Intel Core i3-10100Y
2C/4T, 1.30 → 3.90 GHz
Geekbench 5
799
Single Core
Geekbench 5
1,570
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 615
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1000 MHz
Configurable up to
8GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Go 3 Ports
Starting at
$399
Gold 6500Y, 4GB, 64GB eMMC
Supports
Surface Pen
4096 Levels, Tilt sensing, Magnetic Storage.
Up to
11 Hours
Battery Life
Built-in
IR Camera
For Face Unlock
Optional
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 6

Availability

Surface Go 3
Released2021
Release Date
  • Introduced: September 22, 2021
  • Pre-ordered: September 22, 2021
  • Released: October 5, 2021
Pricing
  • $399 
    Gold 6500Y 4 GB 64 GB WiFi
  • $549
    Gold 6500Y 8 GB 128 GB WiFi
  • $629
    i3-10100Y 8 GB 128 GB WiFi
Generations
Stores

Exterior

Surface Go 3
Dimensions9.65” x 6.9” x 0.33” (245 mm x 175  mm x 8.3 mm)
Width: 9.65” (245 mm)
Height: 6.9” (175 mm)
Thickness: 0.33” (8.3 mm)
Weight
  • Surface Go 3: 1.2 lbs (544 g)
  • Surface Go 3 Keyboard: 0.55 lbs (249 g)
Colors
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Surface Go Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1 mm of key travel.
  • Trackpad:
    • Precision glass trackpad.
    • Trackpad size: 101 mm x 56 mm
    • Supports a five-finger multitouch gesture.
Surface Go 3 Keyboard and Touchpad
Image Source: Microsoft

Display

Surface Go 3
Size10.5 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1280 (2.45M Pixels)
  • Density: 220 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Ports

Surface Go 3
Ports
Surface Go 3 Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Right (3)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x Surface Connect
    Charging, Docking
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Bottom (1)
  • 1 x Surface Go Type Cover Connector
Under Kickstand (1)
  • 1 x microSD card slot

Internal Specs

Surface Go 3
Processor
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 6500Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.10 → 3.40 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 5W
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-10100Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.30 → 3.90 GHz, 4MB SmartCache, 5W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Surface Go 31
10th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 6500Y77897.37%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-10100Y799100.00%
0799

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Surface Go 31
10th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 6500Y1,51096.18%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-10100Y1,570100.00%
01,570
Integrated Graphics
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 6500Y
    Intel® UHD Graphics 615
    23 Execution Units, 300 → 900 MHz
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-10100Y
    Intel® UHD Graphics 615
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1000 MHz
Memory
4GB 8GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
  • 64GB
    eMMC
  • 128GB
    SSD

Connectivity

Surface Go 3
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
BluetoothBluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology
MoreLTE version coming soon.

Battery

Surface Go 3
Size
  • 28Wh 
    Nominal battery capacity.
  • 26.8Wh 
    Minimum battery capacity.
Battery LifeUp to 11 hours of typical device usage
Power Supply24W proprietary Surface Connect power supply

Software

Surface Go 3
OSWindows 11 Home in S-mode
Built-in Apps
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate one month trial
  • Microsoft 365 Family one month trial

Camera & Audio

Surface Go 3
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p full HD video
Audio
  • Enhanced dual far-field Studio Mics
  • 2W stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™

Misc

Surface Go 3
InkingSupports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP)
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
magnetic storage
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Go 3
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Mechanical features: Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting
  • Kickstand with a full-friction multiposition hinge to 165 degrees
  • Magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power
  • Casing: Magnesium