Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 gets latest AMD/Intel mobile CPUs and 120Hz PixelSense Flow display
A successor to Surface Laptop 4 packs the best mobile CPU SKUs from the low-power Intel and AMD lineup.
The Surface Laptop 5 would be offered two screen options: 13.5″ and 15″. The display would be a 3:2 aspect ratio with a 1500:1 contrast ratio. It looks to be the same display as its predecessor except now it will have a refresh rate of 120 Hz, MyLaptopGuide notes.
The 15-inch version is to feature either a Core i7-1280P Alder Lake CPU with 14 cores and 20 threads or AMD Ryzen 7 6980U with Zen3+ architecture and up to 8 cores and 16 threads. This is an upgrade over Surface Laptop 4’s Intel Core i7-1187G7 (Tiger Lake-U) and Ryzen 7 4980U (Renoir-U).
The 13.5-inch model comes with up to 6-core/12-thread Ryzen 5 6680U Rembrandt processor or either 12-core/16-thread Intel Core i5-1240P or Core i7-1280P Alder Lake CPUs.
The Surface Laptop 5 finally gets Thunderbolt 4 support. The predecessor only supported USB-C which was a 3.1 Gen2 type with DP 1.4/PD support, but it was not officially a Thunderbolt port.
AMD Ryzen 6000 CPU with LPDDR4X?
Interestingly, according to those specs, the Ryzen 7 6980U would support LPDDR4X memory. Unfortunately, this custom part designed for Microsoft has not yet been officially announced so the specs are not confirmed. All Ryzen 6000 CPUs based on “Rembrandt” silicon that have been announced so far support DDR5 or LPDDR5 memory. It is unclear what silicon are Ryzen 7 6980U and Ryzen 5 6680U using, they could either be custom Rembrandt parts for Microsoft, or Cezanne (Barcelo) rebrands which are LPDDR4X/DDR4 compatible.