According to the latest news, Microsoft is refreshing its Surface lineup with the Surface Laptop 4. Today, Microsoft announced that for Surface Laptop 4, users will get be able to choose between AMD or Intel processors across both the 13.5 and 15 inches models. Microsoft is offering to choose between Intel’s latest 11th Gen processor and AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series processors.
The company will start shipping Surface Laptop 4 from 15th April onwards in the US, Canada, and Japan. Microsoft has tagged the base model with an AMD processor with a price tag of $999. On the other hand, the base model with Intel comes at $1,299.
This means Microsoft is starting with a 300$ price gap between the models for the choice of processor. The price difference is because Microsoft is using AMD’s Zen 2-based chips and not the AMD’s latest 5000 series CPUs in Surface Laptop 4. Note that despite the price difference, the performance between the Intel and AMD versions could be identical or close.
Microsoft claims processor improvements allowed it to offer almost 70 percent better performance over the Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft is promising a battery life of up to 19 hours on the 13.5 inches AMD model and up to 17.5 hours on the 15 inches model. On the other hand, Microsoft is promising a battery life of up to 17 hours for the Intel-powered 13.5 inches model and 16.5 hours for the 15 inches model. All the versions will ship with Intel’s latest Iris Xe graphics.
As far as design is concerned, more or less, Surface Laptop 4 also maintains the same design of its predecessor, Surface Laptop 3. In terms of color options, Microsoft is offering the classic platinum Surface style and a new ice blue color for the 13.5 inches models. Both the colors are of Alcantara fabric. Matte black and sandstone are also available in metal options for the 13.5 inches models. For the 15 inches versions, Microsoft is only offering platinum and matte black in metal and no Alcantara fabric.
It should be noted that Microsoft has not really updated the rest of the laptop. Like its predecessor, Surface Laptop 4 will ship with a single USB Type C port, a USB Type-A port, a headphone jack, and a Microsoft Surface Connect port for charging. The M.2 NVMe SSD placed at the rear is still removable.
Microsoft has offered a puzzle with the choice between AMD and Intel. The 13.5 inch AMD Ryzen 5 4680U powered base model with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage is priced at the rate of $999 while the 13.5 inches Intel 11th Gen Core i5 1135G7 powered base model with 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage is priced at $300 higher at $1299. Apart from the base variants, there are a variety of Intel models that goes all the way up to $2,299. The highest-end is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and it offers 32 GB RAM and 1 TB storage. On the other hand, the higher-end AMD model comes at $1199 and it offers 16 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. The higher-end AMD model will ship after eight weeks of launch.
On the 15 inches section, there are more AMD options. The base AMD model priced at the rate of $1,299 is powered by AMD Ryzen 7 4980U and it offers 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. You will be able to get other configurations up to 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage for $1,699. On the contrary, the basic Intel 15 inches model is paced $1,799. It is powered by a Core i7 1185G7 and it offers 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. The higher-end version is priced at $2399 which offers a 32 GB RAM and 1 TB storage combo.