Surface Go

Here's what you need to know about 2018 Surface Go including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Our analysis and reviews

Surface Go image

Creadit: Microsoft

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Go.

Good battery life of up to 9-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Go lasts up to 9 hours of battery life.

Up to 9 hours of video playback

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Go.

Not supports Windows 11
RequirementsSurface Go
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Pentium Gold 4415Y
4GB RAM4GB → 8GB
64GB Drive64GB → 256GB
2 Cores CPU2 cores
Non-upgradable storage

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

Non-upgradable memory

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Significantly newer manufacturing

2018 vs. 2015

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y inside Surface Go has a 10% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Atom x7-Z8700 inside Surface 3.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Go - Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
855
Surface 3 - Intel Atom x7-Z8700
776
Supports larger memory

Surface Go supports a larger memory capacity than the Surface 3. It supports up to 8GB versus 4GB of system memory on the Surface 3.

Max system memory size
Surface Go
8 GB
Surface 3
4 GB
Supports faster memory

Surface Go supports a faster memory speed than the Surface 3. It supports up to 1866MHz versus 1600MHz of system memory on the Surface 3.

Memory type and speed
Surface Go - LPDDR3
1,866 MHz
Surface 3 - DDR3
1,600 MHz
About 17% lighter

Surface Go weighed 1.15 pounds, 17% lighter than the 1.37 pounds Surface 3.

WeightSurface GoSurface 3
Pound
1.15 lbs.
1.37 lbs.
Kilogram
0.52 kg
0.62 kg

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

8% smaller display

Surface Go has a 10-inch screen size 8% smaller than the 10.8-inch Surface 3.

Display size
Surface 3
10.8-inch
Surface Go
10-inch

Photos

Key Features

Surface Go
At Glance
Released in Mid
2018
3:2 1.8K
10”
1200p 60Hz
Weight
1.15 lb
0.52 kg
Powered By
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
2C/4T, 1.60 GHz
Geekbench 5
356
Single Core
Geekbench 5
855
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® HD Graphics 615
24 Execution Units, 300 → 850 MHz
Configurable up to
8GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3
Surface Go Ports

Availability

Surface Go
Released2018
Release Date
  • Introduced: July 10, 2018
  • Pre-ordered: July 10, 2018
  • Released: August 2, 2018
PricingSurface Go for Consumer
  • $399 - 4 GB | 64 GB | W10 S-mode
  • $549 - 8 GB | 128 GB | W10 S-mode
Surface go for Commercial
  • $449 - 4 GB | 64 GB | W10 Pro
  • $599 - 8 GB | 128 GB | W10 Pro
Generations
Stores

Exterior

Surface Go
Dimensions9.6” x 6.9” x 0.33” (245 mm x 175  mm x 8.3 mm)
Width: 9.6” (245 mm)
Height: 6.9” (175 mm)
Thickness: 0.33” (8.3 mm)
Weight
  • Surface Go: 1.15 lbs (522 g)
  • Surface Go with LTE: 1.17 lbs. (532 g)
  • Surface Go Keyboard: 0.55 lbs (249 g)
Colors
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Surface 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.

Display

Surface Go
Size10 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1800 x 1200 (2.1M Pixels)
  • Density: 217 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
Ports
Surface Go Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
  • 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
    Supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort.
  • 1 x Surface Connect™
    Supports charging and docking station.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Type Cover port

Internal Specs

Surface Go
Processor
  1. 7th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4415Y
    2 cores, 4 threads, 1.60 GHz, 2MB SmartCache, 6W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Surface Go1
7th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4415Y356100.00%
0356

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Surface Go1
7th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4415Y855100.00%
0855
Integrated Graphics
  1. 7th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold 4415Y
    Intel® HD Graphics 615
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 850 MHz
Memory
4GB 8GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
  • 64GB
    eMMC
  • 128GB 256GB
    SSD

Connectivity

Surface Go
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
MoreOptional LTE
  • Nano SIM Tray
  • 4G LTE Advanced (22 Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66)
  • GPS/GLONASS: Standalone and Assiste
  • GNSS, accuracy up to 3 meters

Battery

Surface Go
Size26.12 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 9 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 24W proprietary Surface Connect power supply

Software

Surface Go
OS
  • For Consumer: Windows 10 in S-mode
  • For Commercial: Windows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office 365 30-days trial

Camera & Audio

Surface Go
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
  • Single microphone
  • 2W Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

Misc

Surface Go
InkingSupports Surface Pen
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
  • 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