Surface Go

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Surface Go
Microsoft Surface logo.svg
Surface Go with burgundy Type Cover
Product familyMicrosoft Surface
Type2-in-1 detachable tablet computer
Release dateAugust 2, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-08-02)
Introductory priceUSD 399
Operating systemWindows 10 Home S mode
(upgradable to Home or Pro)
CPUIntel Pentium Gold 4415Y
1.6GHz, 2 MB cache, 6 W[1]
Memory8 GB or 4 GB RAM
StorageNVMe SSD: 128 GB, 256 GB
eMMC: 64 GB
Removable storageMicroSDXC
Display10-inch Touchscreen
PixelSense Display
1800 x 1200, 217 PPI
3:2 Aspect Ratio
Gorilla Glass 3
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 615
Sound2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Single microphone
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
TouchpadSurface Type Cover
(sold separately)
ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5, NFC,
Online servicesMicrosoft Store, OneDrive
Dimensions245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm
(9.65 in x 6.9 in x 0.33 in)
Mass522 grams (1.151 lb) (WiFi tablet)
532 grams (1.173 lb) (LTE tablet)
245 grams (0.540 lb) (Type cover)
PredecessorSurface 3
SuccessorSurface Go 2

The Surface Go is a 10-inch (250 mm) 2-in-1 detachable in the Microsoft Surface series that was released on August 2, 2018. It was unveiled by Microsoft on July 10, 2018.[2] This was the first generation of the Surface Go. In May 2020, this has been superseded by the Surface Go 2.

The device runs Windows 10 Home in S-Mode and features a 5MP front facing camera, an infrared camera, 8 MP rear camera, a NFC chip and a kickstand supporting an angle of up to 165°. The screen is a 3:2 optically-bonded PixelSense 1800 x 1200 display with a density of 217 PPI and a full 180 degree viewing angle. The Surface Go starts at US$399 and does not include a Type Cover or Surface Pen, which must be purchased separately. The Type Cover is offered in black, plus three options with Alcantara fabric—Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Platinum. The Type Cover also uses an 8-pin connection instead of the 6-pin connection featured in past Surfaces, breaking compatibility with other models.


Surface Go Configuration Options[3][4][5]
Price Tier in USD CPU Integrated GPU RAM Internal Storage LTE
Consumer Business
$400 $450 Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Intel HD Graphics 615 4 GB 64GB eMMC No
$500 128 GB NVMe SSD
$550 $600 8 GB
$680 $730 Yes
$780 $830 256 GB NVMe SSD


  • Surface Go has an Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU. Storage options are 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB.[6]
  • Surface Go can fully charge its battery in 2 hours.
  • Surface Go comes with a headphone jack, a USB-C port, and a micro SD card slot.
  • All configurations are also available with Windows 10 Pro for an additional US$50.
  • The 8.3 mm thick tablet weighs 0.52 kg (1.15 lb).
  • The Surface Go has either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM


The Surface Go is the 4th addition to small Surface lineup featuring a full-body magnesium alloy construction. The Surface Go is aimed toward kids, students and schools.[2]

The device features a fanless Intel Pentium Gold processor inside.[1]

For the first time, the device contains USB C port with power delivery, the first Surface device to support such port and a Surface Connect port. The front-facing camera contains an infrared sensor that supports login using Windows Hello.[7]

The detachable keyboard, which is sold separately, uses an 8-pin connection which is compatible with the newer model.


Surface Go comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home in S Mode and a 30-day trial of Office 365. With S Mode, users may only install software from Windows Store. S Mode of the OS can be upgraded to Windows 10 Home for free or Windows 10 Pro for a fee.

Windows 10 comes pre-installed with Mail, Calendar, People, Xbox, Photos, Movies and TV, Groove, Office and Edge. The device also supports Windows Hello login using a biometric facial recognition.[7]


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  1. ^ a b ARK | Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Processor (2M Cache). Retrieved on 2018-07-09.
  2. ^ a b Microsoft Devices Blog Surface Go article
  3. ^ Microsoft Surface Go tech specs
  4. ^ Commercial Microsoft Surface Go tech specs
  5. ^ Surface Go for Business
  6. ^ "This is Microsoft Surface Go". Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  7. ^ a b $499 4GB/128GB model perpetually out of stock?

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Preceded by Surface Go
4th generation
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