Microsoft has been patient in releasing any details for its highly-anticipated Surface Laptop 4, but now we may have a release window for Spring 2021 — more specifically, April.
Previously, details had been revealed about the Surface Laptop 4, or perhaps, the Surface Laptop 3 Plus — much like the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus. While Microsoft released a business version of the Pro 7 called the Pro 7 Plus, at this time, it is expected that its next laptop will be aimed at both the consumer and commercial markets so it’ll likely be called the Surface Laptop 4.
Now, new details have emerged offering a better look at Microsoft’s next Surface Laptop model, and they seem to boast the highly-praised AMD Ryzen CPUs. That puts a big smile on our face.
Here’s what we know about the potential Microsoft Surface Laptop 4, and you’ll find many of the rumors so far are true (according to these leaks).
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: Price and release date
The next Surface Laptop is set to be released in Spring 2021, and more precisely, sometime in mid-April. Pricing will be similar to its older Surface Laptop 3, starting at $999 for the 13.5-inch model, which will now come with an AMD Ryzen 4 processor (more on that later), and for the 15-inch model, expect prices starting at $1,299.
Recently, Microsoft launched two support pages for its upcoming laptop, and according to known Twitter leaker WalkingCat, it could be announced at a Surface Event rumoured to be happening this April.
Considering Microsoft has been fairly consistent with its pricing for its first three Surface Laptops, we don’t expect much deviation. The same can’t be said about its release date, but there was a slight hint after its Surface Neo was pushed back to 2021, too.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: Design and features
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? According to sources on Windows Central, There will be minimal changes when it comes to the design and features of the Surface Laptop 4. Expect the Surface Laptop to have the same chassis, keyboard and trackpad layout, display resolution and, unfortunately, bezel size.
This comes as no surprise, as Microsoft has a traditional clamshell form factor for its Surface Laptop that it sticks to. A recent report from WinFuture also states there won’t be any major changes.
However, what we might get instead is a touch of personalisation. According to a recently filed patent, Microsoft has plans for customizable and swappable lids, and not just different colours, either. Laptop lids will have various designs, bringing a certain je ne sais quoi to user’s Surface Laptops.
(Image credit: United States Patent and Trademark Office)
While the patent doesn’t mention if this swappable lid idea will be for the Surface Laptop 4, we’re expecting the next Surface Laptop model or Surface Book model will get the update. Swappable plates are all the rage for PS5 consoles, so it would be a good idea for Microsoft to jump on that bandwagon.
There will be a few notable upgrades, including better Dolby Atmos support, along with an expected upgrade in battery life due to the better processors the Surface Laptop 4 will boast.
If you’ve been a fan of the Cobalt Blue color, we’ve got bad news as it will be replaced with an Ice Blue color seen with the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go. In fact, future Microsoft Surface models will only see Ice Blue models.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: Specs
The specs of the Surface Laptop 4 will be the biggest changes, and ones we are confident in. The new models will feature Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core i5-1145G7 CPU and the Core i7-1185G7 CPU processors, along with up to 32GB RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. That’s definitely a step up from what was leaked last year.
There was speculation about the Surface Laptop 4 using AMD Ryzen chips, but thanks to a recent leak on WinFuture, we now know the Surface Laptop 4 will include an AMD model and an Intel variant.
As further proof, Microsoft recently launched two support pages specifically for the Surface Laptop 4. While they don’t give away too many details for the next iteration, it does tell us the laptop will definitely have an Intel-based version along with an AMD model.
The AMD configurations will include chips from the highly praised Ryzen 4000 mobile series lineup, including the Ryzen 5 4680U CPU and the Ryzen 7 4980U CPU. While we were hoping for AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs, like the one’s shown at CES 2021, we’re not complaining.
The Surface Laptop 4’s AMD configuration will have a few setbacks, as according to the report, it will have up to 16GB of RAM, along with up to 512GB of storage.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: Display
Much like the previous Surface Laptop 3, the updated Surface Laptop 4 will come in 13.5-inch and 15-inch displays. AMD chips will be found in both the 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 models. So, that’s always good news.
For the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4, expect it to sport 2256 x 1504 resolution while the 15-inch will sport a 2496 x 1664 resolution. All models will have a 3:2 aspect ratio. This is exactly the same as the Surface Laptop 3, and like all Microsoft Surface devices, we adored its vivid display. Our only concern is if the Surface Laptop 4’s bezels will mimic its older siblings — they’re too thick compared to premium laptops such as the Dell XPS 13.
The Surface Laptop 4 is shaping up to be just what we expected — an updated Surface model that doesn’t break away from Microsoft’s usual Surface Laptop form factor. That’s a double-edged sword.
According to rumours and leaks, the Surface Laptop 4’s biggest change will be the inclusion of the popular AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs as another option from the Intel-packed configurations. This will certainly make the Surface Laptop 4 a more enticing option for many laptop enthusiasts, especially seeing as Surface Laptops already offer a refined, premium design with a great display and battery life.
Offering swappable lids is a major plus for those who enjoy a little personalisation. If it does completely stick with Microsoft’s usual form factor, it may mean we’ll get those same thick bezels, which definitely hurts the display.
Whether this is a simple ‘plus’ upgrade or Microsoft is bidding its time to bring out a full-fledged Microsoft Surface laptop 4, all we can do is speculate. In the meantime, check out the best AMD Ryzen laptops in 2021.
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