Surface Go 3

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is the most recent Surface Go device, introduced as the successor to the Surface Go 2 by Microsoft at their Surface Event on September 22, 2021.[1] It was announced by the company alongside Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2 and a bunch of Surface accessories.[2] The tablet has the same body, the same set of cameras and speakers, the same ports, and the same dimensions as its predecessor; the main enhancement is a range of more powerful processors.[1] The tablet is powered by the new Windows 11 operating system.

Surface Go 3
Microsoft Surface logo.svg
Product familyMicrosoft Surface
Type2-in-1 detachable tablet computer
Release date22 September 2021;
2 months ago
Introductory priceUSD 400 to 730
Operating systemWindows 11 Home S mode
(upgradable to Home or Pro)
CPUIntel Pentium Gold 6500Y
Intel Core i3 10100Y
Memory8 GB or 4 GB RAM
StorageeMMC: 64 GB
SSD: 128 GB
Removable storageMicroSDXC
Display10.5 inch Touchscreen
PixelSense Display
1920 x 1280, 220 PPI
3:2 Aspect Ratio
Gorilla Glass 3
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 615
Sound2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, 3.5 mm headphone jack
InputBuilt in: touchscreen, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Sold Separately: type cover, mouse, stylus pen, Surface Dial
CameraFront: 5 MP, 1080p HD
Rear: 8 MP, 1080p HD
TouchpadOn the Surface Type Cover
(sold separately)
ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, NFC,
LTE A, USB C, Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, eSIM and nano SIM
Online servicesMicrosoft Store, OneDrive
Dimensions245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm
(9.65 in x 6.9 in x 0.33 in)
Mass544 grams (1.199 lb) (WiFi model)
553 grams (1.219 lb) (LTE model)
PredecessorSurface Go 2


Surface Go 3 Configuration Options[3][4]
Price Tier in USD CPU GPU RAM Internal storage LTE
Consumer Commercial
400 Intel Pentium 6500Y Intel UHD Graphics 615
(23 EU @ 850Mhz)
4 GB 64GB eMMC No
500 Yes
550 8 GB 128GB NVMe SSD No
500 Intel Core i3-10100Y Intel UHD Graphics 615
(24 EU @ 1GHz)
4 GB 64GB eMMC No
630 680 8 GB 128GB NVMe SSD No
730 Yes

The Surface Go 3 is only available in one color option, platinum. The Wi-Fi models of the tablet started shipping on October 5, while the LTE models will start shipping in December, 2021, in North America and in early 2022 in other markets.[5]


  • Windows 11 operating system
  • A 10th Gen Intel Core i3 or Pentium Gold processors (dual-core Amber Lake-Y)
  • 10.5 inch 1920 x 1280 display
  • Windows Hello with IR camera for facial recognition logging in.
  • Intel HD Graphics GPU.
  • 4GB and 8GB memory options
  • 64GB and 128GB storage options.
  • A headphone jack, a USB-C port, microSD card slot and a nano SIM card tray for the LTE model.
  • All configurations can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free or Windows 11 Pro at an additional cost.
  • The 8.3 mm thick tablet weighs 544 grams or 1.2 pounds.


The Surface Go 3 is the 6th addition to small Surface lineup. The Surface Go 3 is aimed toward children and students.[6]

The tablet features the same body and screen size as its predecessor. It features a full-body magnesium alloy construction featuring a fanless processor, both still dual-core Amber Lake-Y microarchitecture introduced in 2018, an Intel Core i3-10100Y or an Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y processor on the cheaper models. The 6500Y is 60% faster than the previous 4425Y in the Surface Go 2.

The device contains USB C port with power delivery and a Surface Connect port. The front-facing camera contains an infrared sensor that supports login using Windows Hello.

A detachable keyboard uses an 8-pin connection which is compatible with the previous models retails at $99.


Surface Go 3 is powered by the new Windows 11 Home in S Mode with a 30-day trial of Microsoft 365. Users may only install software from Windows Store. Users can opt out of the S Mode of the OS and upgrade to Home for free or Pro for a fee and be able to install apps from outside the Windows Store.

The device also supports Windows Hello login using a biometric facial recognition.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c "The Surface Go 3 gets new Intel processors". The Verge. September 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "Microsoft Surface event: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio and more announced today". CNET. September 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "Configure your Surface Go 3". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Configure your Surface Go 3 for Business". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Surface Go 3: Price, release date, features, and everything you need to know". Windows Central. September 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "Microsoft sticks faster chips in the tiny Surface Go 3". engadget. September 22, 2021.
Preceded by Surface Go 3
6th generation
With: Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2
Succeeded by

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