Surface Go features

Applies to: Surface Go

The following image shows some of the key buttons and parts of Surface Go.

Surface Go with callouts

  1. Power button
  2. Volume
  3. Windows Hello with face sign-in
  4. Speaker
  5. Headset jack
  6. USB-C port
  7. Kickstand
  8. Surface Connect
  9. MicroSDXC card reader

Here’s a quick overview of Surface Go features.

Power button

Press the power button to turn your Surface Go on. You can also use the power button to put it to sleep and wake it when you’re ready to start working again.


Use the 10” PixelSense Display, with its 3:2 aspect ratio and 1800 x 1200 resolution, to watch HD movies, browse the web, and use your favorite apps.

Use your fingers to select items, zoom in, and move things around.

For more info, see Surface touchscreen.

Surface Pen

Write with a pen that feels like an actual pen. Use Surface Pen (sold separately) to open OneNote and quickly jot down notes or take screenshots. Keep your pen handy by attaching it to the magnet that’s on the side.


Flip out the 165-degree-angle kickstand and work or play comfortably at your desk, on the couch, or while giving a hands-free presentation.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Surface Go supports standard Wi-Fi protocols (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth® 4.1. Connect to a wireless network and use Bluetooth devices like mice, printers, and headsets.

Windows Hello face sign-in

Surface Go has an infrared (IR) face-detection sensor so you can sign in to Windows without typing a password. For more info, see What is Windows Hello?


Surface Go has two cameras for taking photos and recording video: an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and a 5-megapixel, high-resolution, front-facing camera. Both cameras record video in 1080p, with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Privacy lights are located on the right side of both cameras.


Surface Go has a front microphone. Use it for calls and recordings. Its noise-canceling feature is optimized for use with Skype and Cortana.

Stereo speakers

Stereo front-facing speakers provide immersive music and movie playback experience.

To learn more, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.

Ports and connectors

Surface Go has the ports you need.

  • USB-C port
    Connect new accessories that use USB-C, like a Surface display adapter, Ethernet adapter, USB-C flash drive, or smartphone.

    Need a regular USB-A port to connect older USB devices? Just connect the Surface USB-C to USB-A adapter (sold separately). For more info about this adapter, visit the Microsoft Store online.
  • Surface Connect for charging
    When your battery is low, attach the included power supply to the Surface Connect charging port. For more info, see Surface battery and power.
  • MicroSDXC card reder
    Use the microSDXC card reader and a microSD card (sold separately) for file transfers and extra storage. For more info, see Surface storage options.
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
    Plug in your favorite headphones for a little more privacy when listening to music or conference calls. For more info, see Surface sound, volume, and audio accessories.
  • Cover connectors
    Click in the thin, light, Surface Go Signature Type Cover (sold separately) so you’ll always have a keyboard when you’re on the go. For more info, see Type Cover.


  • Windows 10 operating system
    Windows 10 provides new features and many options for entertainment and productivity at school, work, at home, or while you’re on the go. It runs Windows 10 Home in S mode.
    To learn more about Windows, see What's new in recent Windows 10 updates.
  • Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial
    Try out Office 365 to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. See how much you can get done when you use Microsoft Office and Windows 10 together.
  • Apps
    You can use the built-in apps featured on your Start menu and install more apps from Microsoft Store.


The Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4415Y provides performance to help you be productive.

Memory and storage

Surface Go is available in configurations with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. See Surface storage for info on available disk space.


The sensors— accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, and ambient light sensor—let apps do things like track motion and determine location.

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