Surface Go vs. Surface 3 detailed specs comparison

Surface Go is out now! if you want to know more how the new Surface Go compared to the Surface 3, here we have a detailed specs comparison for you.

Surface Go vs Surface 3

A new generation of 10-inch Microsoft Surface has arrived. It’s called Microsoft Surface Go, which looks and feels like a shrunk down version of its big brother, the new Surface Pro. Microsoft has confirmed that it has twice the speed of the Surface 3, including more advanced functionalities and more customizable accessories.

If you are using Surface 3, should you like to upgrade to Surface Go? In this article, we have done a comparison between the Surface Go and Surface 3 to find out whether it’s worth the upgrade or not.

1Surface Go vs Surface 3: Overall Specs Comparison

 Surface GoSurface 3
Announced DateJuly 10, 2018
Preorder on July 10, 2018
Available on Auguest 2, 2018
May 05, 2015
Starting Price
$399 - 4 GB | 64 GB eMMC | WiFi$549 - 8 GB | 128 GB SSD | WiFi
$499 - 2 GB | 64 GB eMMC | WiFi$599 - 4 GB | 128 GB eMMC | WiFi

$599 - 2 GB | 64 GB eMMC | LTE$699 - 4 GB | 128 GB eMMC | LTE
Operating SystemWindows 10 in S-modeWindows 8.1 Pro or Windows 10 Pro
OfficeMicrosoft Office 365 Home 30-day trial
Display Size10 inches10.8 inches
Display Resolution1800 x 1200 (217 PPI), 2.1M Pixels1920 x 1280 (213 PPI), 2.46 M Pixels
Screen TechnologyPixelSense™ Display
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1500:1
Touch: 10 points multi-touch
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
ClearType Full HD Plus Display
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Touch: 10 point multi-touch
Surface Pen support
Internal Specs
CPU7th Gen Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4415Y dual-coreIntel® Cherry Trail Quad Core Atom x7-Z8700
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 615Intel® HD Graphic
Memory4GB, 8GB 1,866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM2GB, 4GB 1,600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Storage64GB eMMC or 128GB, 256GB SSD64GB, 128GB eMMC
NetworkWi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Optional LTE
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth 4.0 low energy
Optional LTE
Battery Size26.12 Wh (3,411 mAh, 7.66V)27.5 Wh (7,270 mAh, 3.78 V)
Battery LifeUp to 9 hours of local video playbackUp to 10 hours of local video playback
Power Supply24W Surface Connect power supply13W Micro USB power supply
Dimensions9.6” x 6.9” x 0.33”
(245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm)
10.52″ x 7.36″ x 0.34″
(267 mm x 187 mm x 8.7 mm)
Weight1.15 lbs (522 g) without a keyboard
1.7 lbs (771 g) with a keyboard
1.37 lbs (621 g) without a keyboard
1.95 lbs (884 g) with a keyboard
Casing- Magnesium
- kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge to 165 degrees
- Magnesium
- kickstand with 3 positions
Keyboard and Trackpad- Precision trackpad: 101 mm x 56 mm, glass.
- Five-finger multitouch gesture
- Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1 mm of key travel.
- Three-finger multitouch gesture trackpad
- Full-size mechanical backlit keyboard.
Ports- 1 x USB type-C (version 3.1 Gen 1 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Surface Connect (Compatible with Surface Dock)
- MicroSDXC card reader (up to 1TB)
- Compatible with Surface Dial* off-screen interaction
- Full-size USB 3.0
- Mini DisplayPort
- microSD™ card reader
- Micro USB charging port
- Headset jack
- Cover port
- Nano SIM card slot (Surface 3 [4G-LTE] only)
Camera & Audio
CameraWindows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing)
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
3.5 megapixel front-facing camera
8.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus
Audio- Single microphone
- 2W Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
- Single microphone
- Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio-enhanced sound
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Digital compass
SecurityTPM chip for enterprise securityN/A
Surface DialOff-screen interaction only
In the box- Surface Go
- Power supply
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety and warranty documents
- Surface 3
- Power supply
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety and warranty documents

2Surface Go vs Surface 3: Processor Comparison

 Surface GoSurface 3
Intel PentiumIntel Atom x7
Processor7th Gen Intel® Pentium® Processor 4415YIntel® Cherry Trail Quad Core Atom x7-Z8700
Launch DateQ2'2017Q1'2015
Lithography14 nm
Base Frequency1.60 GHz1.60 GHz
Max Turbo FrequencyNot Supported2.40 GHz
(Burst Technology)
TDP6 watt< 4 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB512 KB
Level 3 Cache2 MB SmartCache2 MB
# of Cores24
# of Threads44
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPIN/A
Max Memory Support16 GB8 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth29.8 GB/s25.6 GB/s
Single-Core Score1,836945
Multi-Core Score3,8233,138

3Surface Go vs Surface 3: Graphics Comparison

 Surface GoSurface 3
Intel PentiumIntel Atom x7
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 615Intel® HD Graphics
Base Frequency300 MHz200 MHz
Max Dynamic Frequency850 MHz600 MHz
Graphics Max Memory16 GB8 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60HzYes, at 30Hz
Graphics DirectX1211.2
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Intel® Quick Sync Video
Intel® Clear Video HD TechnologyIntel® Clear Video Technology
Intel® Wireless Display

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