Microsoft Surface 4 to feature both Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Renoir CPUs

Published: 9th Mar 2021, 11:54 GMT   Comments

Surface 4 with Intel and AMD CPUs

Microsoft couldn’t decide whether Surface 4 should use Intel or AMD, so they are going to offer both options. 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Source: Microsoft

The specifications of the Surface 4 laptop have been leaked by Winfuture. This new version now expected to launch around April. The Surface 4 is a special laptop designed by Microsoft team often compared with Apple MacBook Pro and Google PIxelbook, each offering proprietary operating systems.

It’s important to mention that the Surface Laptop is not the same product as the ‘original’ Surface. Microsoft has somehow managed to make the most confusing product lineup ever with Surface products fragmented into tablets, 2-in-1 devices, and laptops. The naming does not appear to follow any logic whatsoever. That said, the Surface Laptop should be considered a separate product line with numbering completely unrelated to other series.

Microsoft Surface Products, Source: Wikipedia

The 4th generation of Surface Laptop will feature Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, either Core i5 or Core i7. Additionally, customers will be able to choose between AMD Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U, those appear to be custom variants designed specifically for Microsoft Surface. The current edition (Surface Laptop 3) also offers AMD and Intel CPUs. The Laptop 3 is offered with either Intel 10th Gen Core “Ice lake” or Ryzen 3580/3780U mobile CPUs based on first-gen Zen architecture.

The upgrade to Zen2 based AMD CPUs will mean that Surface Laptop 4 will be offered with 7nm 8-core APUs for the first time. Those AMD CPUs will be clocked up to 4.4 GHz. Intel Tiger Lake, on the other hand, is limited to quad-core configuration.

There are no changes to the display. The 4th Gen Surface Laptop panel is also 3:2 aspect ratio and with resolution of 2256 x 1504 for 13.3 inch or 2496×1664 for the 15-inch versions. Both have 10-point multi-touch support and 201 pixels per inch density.

The Surface Laptop 3 is currently available at 770 USD, a reduction from 1000 USD MSRP. The new generation is likely to feature the same price tag. However, those prices vary depending on the memory and storage options. There is no information on any possible price difference between Intel and AMD based Surface Laptop 4.

Microsoft Surface 4 Specifications
Model13.5 inch15 inch
CPUIntel Core 11th Generation i5-1145G7 or i7-1185G7
AMD Ryzen 5-4680U or Ryzen 7 4980U
Display13.5 inches, 2256 x 1504 pixels,
3:2 format, 10-point multi-touch,
PixelSense display, 201 ppi
15 inches, 2496 x 1664 pixels,
3:2 format, 10-point multi-touch,
PixelSense display, 201 ppi
GraphicsIntel: Iris Plus Graphics 950
AMD: Radeon Graphics
Memory8, 16 or 32 gigabytes of RAM (32 GB only Intel)
Storage128, 256, 512 GB to 1 terabyte PCIe NVMe SSD (1 TB only Intel)
ConnectivitySurface Connect, USB A, USB C, WLAN AX, Bluetooth
FeaturesWindows Hello, Surface Pen and Dial compatible, ambient light sensor
Battery pack6513 mAh, 49 Wh
Measurements and weight308 x 223 x 14.5 mm
Intel 1.31 kg / AMD 1.25 kg
339.5 x 244 x 14.5 mm
Intel 1.54 kg / AMD? Kg
Casingmilled aluminum

Source: Winfuture




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