Consumer Electronics

Teardown: Microsoft Surface Go

21 June 2019
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

Microsoft Surface Go. Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Surface Go. Source: IHS Markit

The newest of Microsoft's Surface series of touchscreen PCs, the Surface Go bills itself as having "laptop-to-tablet" flexibility. News and media network The Verge called it "Microsoft's hybrid PC dream made real." Specs from Microsoft note its USB-C and optional 4G LTE connectivity, and its capacity for up to nine hours of battery life.

The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Microsoft Surface Go (final assembly/main enclosure). Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Surface Go (final assembly/main enclosure). Source: IHS Markit

Summary points:

  • Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor
  • 10 in 1800 x 1200 IGZO LCD display with metal mesh touchscreen
  • 4GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM, 64GB NAND flash
  • 8MP primary camera, 5MP secondary camera

Target market: Mass market

Released: August 2018

Pricing: $399 USD

Availability: Worldwide

Total manufacturing cost: $308.05 (including direct materials and manufacturing)

Microsoft Surface Go (primary camera module). Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Surface Go (primary camera module). Source: IHS Markit

Major components:

  • CPU, Intel Pentium 4415Y, Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz, 2 MB Cache, w/ Integrated Intel HD Graphics 615, 14 nm - MFR: INTEL CORP - MPN: HE8067702740018 - (Qty: 1)
  • 10 in Diagonal, TFT LCD, IGZO, IPS, 1800 x 1200, N/T, 106.6g, w/ Integral Rigid PCB - MFR: SHARP CORP - MPN: LQ100P1JX51 - (Qty: 1)
  • 10 in Diagonal, Metal Mesh, Direct Bonding, w/ Corning Gorilla 3 Glass, w/ Integral Flex & Rigid PCB - (Qty: 1)
  • 10-Layer, FR4/RCF HDI, Any Layer Stacked Via, Lead-Free - MFR: TRIPOD TECHNOLOGY - (Qty: 1)
  • Flash, eMMC NAND, 64 GB - MFR: SK HYNIX INC - MPN: H26M74002HMR - (Qty: 1)
  • SDRAM, LPDDR3-1866, 2 GB - MFR: SK HYNIX INC - MPN: H9CCNNNBKTALBR-NUD - (Qty: 2)
  • Battery Pack, Li-Polymer, 2-Cell, 7.66 V, 3411 mAh, 26.12 Wh, w/ Integral Flex PCB - MFR: SIMPLO TECHNOLOGY CO LTD - MPN: G16QA043H - (Qty: 1)
  • Enclosure, Main, Bottom, Die-Cast Magnesium Alloy, Machined, Anodized, Printed, w/ 30 Metal Tab, Laser Etched - (Qty: 1)
  • Primary Camera Module, 8MP, BSI CMOS, 1/3.2 in Format, Auto Focus Lens, 5P Lens - (Qty: 1)

Microsoft Surface Go (main PCB). Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Surface Go (main PCB). Source: IHS Markit

Click here, or click the image above, to download a PDF showing more detail of the main PCB teardown.

Microsoft Surface Go (display overview). Source: IHS MarkitMicrosoft Surface Go (display overview). Source: IHS Markit



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