Not Ryzen Mobile 5000 processors, though
Fans of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 who prefer AMD to Intel would be happy to learn that the Red Team CPUs are no longer restricted to the 15-inch variant in the successor. According to the stated Surface Laptop 4 specifications, the 13.5-inch variant will also deliver both Intel and AMD processors when it is launched in April.
WinFuture (via Windows Central) has released the alleged specifications of the Surface Laptop 4. The specifications reveal that both sizes can be equipped with Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips (Core i5-1145G7, Core i7-1185G7) or AMD’s 4000 Mobile Series CPUs (“Surface Edition” Ryzen 5 4680U, Ryzen 7 4980U).
The latest 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 can be specified with the Ryzen 5 3580U and Ryzen 7 3780U, so Microsoft is updating AMD processors to new versions, but it’s odd to see the Zen 3-powered Ryzen Mobile 5000 chips not being used.
Elsewhere, the 3:2 aspect ratio remains from the Surface Laptop 3, as do the 2256 x 1504 (13.5 inch) and 2496 x 1664 (15 inch) resolutions. Memory reaches 32GB and storage maxes out at 1 TB, though only if you opt for an Intel CPU; AMD models get a maximum of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. GPUs are simply listed as “Iris Plus Graphics 950” and “Radeon Graphics.”
The Surface Laptop 4 does look like it’ll be a smartphone-style iterative upgrade, with few changes beyond the internals. These reported specs might not be entirely accurate, of course, but we should find out for sure in a few weeks.
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