Microsoft Surface Go 3 Tablet Laptop Hybrid
Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Go 3
Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface Go 3 with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.
|Laptop Type||Convertible 2-in-1 laptop
This laptop can convert itself into a tablet PC or be used in stand and tent modes.
Convertible 2-in-1 laptop with detachable keyboard
It can transform itself into a tablet PC by detaching the keyboard deck.
The device can be used as a tablet, without a keyboard connected to it.
Ultraportable (small laptop)
The light weight and small dimensions make this ultraportable laptop easy to carry around or travel with.
It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
This notebook provides a basic computing power. It can be used for the daily home and office tasks, but operation won't be as smooth as on the mid-range or high-performance laptops. On the positive side, entry-level laptops tend to be very power efficient. Read more about performance of the laptop in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
This is a very small display for a laptop or tablet PC.
|Touchscreen||Finger multi-touch input
The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.
Active digitizer pen input
The screen supports active digitizer pen input, besides the common finger multi-touch input. In comparison to simple capacitive pens you can use on any touchscreen, active digitizer pen input provides advanced features like pressure sensitivity. Check with the laptop seller whether the active pen is included in the package.
|Screen Resolution||1920x1280 pixels
This screen resolution provides a decent image sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and programs. It's similar to the popular Full HD. However, these resolutions aren't as good as the premium-class 4K Ultra HD and similar.
|Other Display Specs||IPS type
Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
3:2 aspect ratio
The 3:2 aspect ratio makes the screen taller than the common 16:9 ratio. 3:2 is more suitable for document editing and productivity than the video-centric 16:9.
|About Laptop Display||Learn about laptop PC displays here.|
|Processor (CPU)||Intel Core i3-10100Y
The Intel Core i3-10100Y is a power-efficient laptop processor with entry-level performance, The CPU offers a decent speed for the daily home and office computing duties, but it's not good for heavy computing tasks like high-resolution video editing.
Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
The Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y is a basic and budget-friendly laptop processor. It's capable of running the daily computing tasks decently smooth. The Pentium is somewhat faster than the cheaper Intel Celeron chips. For smoother computing, there are pricier mid-range CPUs like the Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 series.
|About Processors||The laptop's processor (CPU) is the main chip of the system and a very important computing performance factor.
The multiple CPUs listed above mean you have multiple CPU options at the time of the laptop purchase.
|Graphics (GPU)||Intel HD 615 integrated graphics
This is an entry-level graphics processor. It’s capable of running only the lightest PC games.
|About Graphics Processors||Graphics processor (GPU) is the main factor for 3D gaming performance. It also affects performance of other graphics intensive tasks like some image and video editing operations.
It depends on the selected main processor what integrated graphics processor you get.
|System Memory (RAM) Size||4GB RAM
4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2023. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2023. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
|About RAM||System memory (RAM) size determines multi-tasking capability of a laptop - how many tasks and programs you can run at the same time. Some programs and games may require large RAM to run properly.
The multiple options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different RAM choices.
Learn about RAM of laptop PCs here.
|Data Storage||64GB eMMC
A very small but usable capacity.
128GB is a relatively small storage space. However, it is usable if you don't store a lot of large files like movies and don't install a lot of programs.
|About Data Storage||Storage capacity determines how much data you can store on your laptop.
SSD storage provides better data reading and writing performance than eMMC.
The multiple storage options above mean there are multiple laptop configurations with different storage choices.
Learn about laptop PC data storage here.
|Keyboard & Input||Attachable keyboard with touchpad (optional)
Active digitizer pen (optional)
|Speakers & Audio||Stereo speakers
As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
|Camera||5MP front + 8MP rear
Besides the usual frontal camera, this device features a rear cam as well. The cameras feature 5 and 8 Megapixel sensors, respectively.
The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
|Wireless & Networking||Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX wireless
The 802.11AX is the latest Wi-Fi wireless networking standard. It’s also known as Wi-Fi 6. When connected to 802.11AX-compatible routers, the 802.11AX modules in laptops bring improvements over the older standards in terms of data transfer speeds and multi-device connectivity.
4G LTE connectivity (optional)
This laptop optionally comes with support for 4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity.
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to wirelessly connect the computer to Bluetooth peripherals like Bluetooth mice and keyboards, as well as to smartphones, and other compatible devices.
|USB Ports||1 x USB-C
A compact type of USB port, commonly found in modern laptops and phones.
|Video Output Ports||Video out via USB-C
The laptop can deliver digital video output via USB-C.
|Media Card Reader||MicroSD card reader
The laptop has a slot for MicroSD memory cards. These are small SD cards commonly used in smartphones.
|Other Features||Surface Connect port
A proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and compatible accessories.
|Battery||28 WHr capacity|
|About Battery||The battery capacity is relatively low. On the positive side, the notebook features low-power components that don't consume a lot of battery juice.
The battery life info is based on the manufacturer's estimation. It's usually measured with low computing load and screen brightness.
The battery life varies depending on usage, settings, and other factors.
|Windows Version||Windows 11 Home in S mode
Windows 11 Home in S mode is a light and very secure Windows with limited third-party software support. You can upgrade it for free to full Windows 11 Home that can run every modern Windows program.
A typical laptop warranty.
|Year of Release||2021|
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