The Surface Laptop 4 may arrive in April with both AMD and Intel options


Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 is a great laptop, but some people have complained that it’s only available in an AMD configuration for the 15-inch model. Don’t worry, because it looks like the Surface Laptop 4 gives you more choices between Team Red or Team Blue.

The rumor comes from the German site WinFuture, which has an excellent track record with leaks. Based on the report, it looks like Microsoft might offer a choice between Intel and AMD for both laptop sizes. Previously, you could only get an Intel chip on the 15-inch model by purchasing a special “Surface Laptop 3 for Business”.

Here’s what the report tells us:

  • The laptop will again be available in 13.5 and 15 inch sizes.
  • Microsoft is sticking to the proven and trusted Surface Laptop design, so expect some visual changes.
  • It will be available in Ryzen 5 (4680U) and Ryzen 7 (4980U) configurations, although they will again be referred to as “ Surface Edition ” chips with a few tweaks.
  • AMD models will reach a maximum of 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
  • The Intel edition will come in Core i5 (1145G7) and Core i7 (1185G7).
  • The Intel configuration will also be available in 32GB and 1TB configurations.

It should be noted that while the original version of the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 was only AMD, Microsoft also offered a “ Surface Laptop 3 for Business ” with Intel chips. It looks like Microsoft wants to make both versions readily available to consumers, but we’ll have to see exactly how those setups play out in April.

As much as I dig into the design of the Surface Laptop, it would be nice to see a design refresh. It’s remained almost unchanged from the 2017 model – aside from adding all metal and 15-inch models – and these bezels are quite heavy by modern standards.

Of course, these are just leaks, so take these details with a grain of salt. Still, it’s nice to see that consumers have a little more choice over their processor options, for a change.

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Published March 9, 2021 – 03:05 UTC


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