Surface Laptop Go 3 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2023 Surface Laptop Go 3 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Surface Laptop Go 3
Released2023
Release Date
  • Introduced: September 21, 2023
  • Pre-ordered: September 21, 2023
  • Released: October 3, 2023
Pricing
  • $799.99 - i5 | 8GB | 256GB SSD | All Colors
  • $999.99 - i5 | 16GB | 256GB SSD | Platinum Only
Generations
Surface Laptop Go 3 Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 (2023) - 12.4" Touchscreen, Thin & Lightweight, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD SSD, with Windows 11, Platinum Color Copilot
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 (2023) - 12.4" Touchscreen, Thin & Lightweight, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD SSD, with Windows 11, Platinum Color Copilot
By Microsoft
$793.39
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2-12.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i5 8GB Memory - 256 SSD - Platinum (Latest Model)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2-12.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i5 8GB Memory - 256 SSD - Platinum (Latest Model)
By Microsoft
$490.99
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5" Touch-Screen Intel Core i5-8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive (PKX-00003) Matte Black (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5" Touch-Screen Intel Core i5-8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive (PKX-00003) Matte Black (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$305.99
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Platinum
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go - 12.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Platinum
By Microsoft
$470.99
$499.99 6% OFF
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 512GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$410.75
$431.95 5% OFF

Exterior

Surface Laptop Go 3
Dimensions10.95” x 8.12” x 0.62” (278.18mm x 206.2 mm x 15.7 mm)
Weight2.49 lbs. (1.13 kg)
Colors
Sage Ice Blue Sandstone Platium
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size keyboard with a soft-touch feel and full 1.3mm travel.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 115 mm x 76.66 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.

Display

Surface Laptop Go 3
Size12.45 Inches
Info
  • Touchscreen: 12.4” PixelSense™ Display
  • Resolution: 1536 x 1024 (148 PPI)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
  • Color profile: sRGB and Enhanced
  • Individually color-calibrated display
  • Touch: 10-point multi-touch
  • Corning® GorillaFootnote® Glass 3
  • Brightness: 320 nits (typical)

Ports

Surface Laptop Go 3
Ports
Left (3)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery, DisplayPort
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (1)
  • 1 x Surface Connect
    Magnet Charging, Docking

Internal Specs

Surface Laptop Go 3
Processor
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U
    10 cores, 12 threads, 1.30 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Surface Laptop Go 31
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U1,510100.00%
01,510

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Surface Laptop Go 31
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U5,715100.00%
05,715
Integrated Graphics
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1235U
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, → 1200 MHz
Memory
8GB 16GB
5200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM
Storage
256GB 512GB
Removable SSD Drive
Fans Number1

Connectivity

Surface Laptop Go 3
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6E: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.
BluetoothBluetooth Wireless 5.1 technology

Battery

Surface Laptop Go 3
Size
41.0 Wh
Nominal battery capacity.
40.0 Wh minimum battery capacity.
Battery LifeUp to 15 hours of typical device usage
Power Supply
  • 39W power supply
  • Supports Fast Charge (0-80% in just over one hour)

Software

Surface Laptop Go 3
OS
  • For Consumer: Windows 11 Home
  • For Commercial: Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Pro
Built-in AppsConsumer
  • Microsoft 365 Apps
  • Microsoft 365 Family 1-month trial
  • Xbox App
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 1-month trial
Commerial
  • Microsoft 365 Apps
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Microsoft 365 Business Premium, or Microsoft 365 Apps 30-day trial

Camera & Audio

Surface Laptop Go 3
Camera720p HD f2.0 front-facing video camera
Audio
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • OmniSonic stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium

Misc

Surface Laptop Go 3
InkingNot Support
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
SecurityConsumer
  • Firmware TPM
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello sign-in
  • One-Touch sign-in with FingerPrint Reader Power button
Commercial
  • Discrete hardware TPM
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello sign-in
  • One-Touch sign-in with FingerPrint Reader Power button
In the box
  • Surface Laptop Go 3
  • 39W Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty

Key Features

Surface Laptop Go 3
At Glance
Released in Late
2023
3:2 1.5K
12.45”
1024p 60Hz
Weight
2.49 lb
1.13 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i5-1235U
10C/12T, 1.30 → 4.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,510
Single Core
Geekbench 5
5,715
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
80 Execution Units, → 1200 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X
Starting at
$799.99
i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD
Up to
15 Hours
Battery Life
Integrated
Fingerprint Reader
On Power Button
Single
USB-A
USB 3.1
Single
USB-C
w/ DP & PD
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.1

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

Surface Laptop Go 3 image

Creadit: Microsoft

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Laptop Go 3.

Supports Windows 11

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

RequirementsSurface Laptop Go 3
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1235U
4GB RAM4GB → 16GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU10 cores
All-day battery life of up to 15-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Laptop Go 3 lasts up to 15 hours of battery life.

Up to 15 hours of typical device usage
Upgradable storage

Surface Laptop Go 3 comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more

Storage SlotsSurface Laptop Go 3
M.2x1

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Laptop Go 3.

Non-upgradable memory

The memory on Surface Laptop Go 3 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemorySurface Laptop Go 3
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeLPDDR4X
Speed4267 MHz

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Significantly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i5-1235U inside Surface Laptop Go 3 has a 43% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i5-1135G7 inside Surface Laptop Go 2.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Surface Laptop Go 3 - Intel Core i5-1235U
5,715
Surface Laptop Go 2 - Intel Core i5-1135G7
3,980