Microsoft typically refreshes its Surface hardware every October, typically focusing on both Surface Pro and Surface laptops. But this fall, we did not see the much-awaited Surface Laptop 4 and instead received the budget-friendly Surface Laptop Go.
Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning the Surface Laptop 4 for next year. We haven’t officially heard much about the device, but a lot of rumors are swirling. Here is everything we currently know and want from Microsoft’s upcoming flagship Windows 10 laptop.
Price and Release Date
We expected the Surface Laptop 4 in October 2020, but now it looks like it may arrive in 2021. Microsoft has actually changed its specific product launch schedule, possibly due to the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as other supply and demand issues in the PC industry.
According to Windows Central, the Surface Laptop 4 may arrive in the first half of 2021, “a few months” after the launch of the Surface Pro 8, we don’t have an exact timetable, but it seems likely that Spring 2021 is .
As for pricing, not much is known yet. The current 13-inch model of the Surface Laptop 3 starts at $ 1,000, so we expect the 13-inch Surface Laptop 4 to be in the same price range. Meanwhile, the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 comes in at $ 1,200, so W expects the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 to be in the same price range.
In addition to the Surface Pro X, Microsoft doesn’t really refresh the design of its mainline surface products very often. It has been a “rinse and repeat” cycle. This means that Surface Laptop 4 may not look very different from Surface Laptop 3. Rumor has it that the Surface Laptop 4 is more about an internal spec refresh rather than a design update.
There are rumors of fuel Some leaked photos Surface laptop 4 undergoing certification testing in Korea. It looks like Microsoft may present the Surface Laptop 4 in a matte-black color as in the past. From the photo, we can see that the alleged Surface Laptop 4 (code-named 1950) is similar to last year’s model.
With this in mind, expect the same design as before. The Surface Laptop will not get in the way of Dell XPS 13 or Razor Book 13. It will likely not have super-slim bezels, and as before, it can have chin and signature 3: 2 aspect ratio displays. But we expect a change (more on that later).
The latest from intel and amd inside
With the launch of the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft went for the first time with AMD chips inside one of its products. The 13-inch versions of the Surface laptop came with Intel processors and 15-inch versions with custom “Surface Edition” AMD Ryzen processors. We expect the same to happen again this year, with a major change.
Then, according to Windows Central, the Surface Laptop 4 will come in two different variants. You can expect to see a 13-inch version with Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake processor, as well as a 15-inch version with AMD’s new Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 “Surface Edition” chips. The Surface Laptop 3 used previous-gen Risen mobile chips, which was disappointing. With AMD’s potential Ryzen 5000 mobile chips on the horizon, it’s possible that Microsoft launched back to launch it with AMD’s new processor.
Even better? For the first time, Microsoft may also offer those AMD Ryzen chips in 13-inch versions.
Some of the benchmarks included in that rumor have been spotted online. First noted by Windows Latest, the Geekbench benchmark for a product code named “OEMWY” and “OEMGR” showed a listing for the two devices. The first features AMD’s new Renoir chips, and the second shows the Intel Tiger Lake U. It should also be noted that Microsoft has used similar device code names when testing on Geekbench.
Geekbench listings can be manipulated, so it is best to take that rumor with a grain of salt. However, if this is true, the Surface Laptop 4 may get an edge in light gaming and video editing. Thanks to Intel’s new XE graphics in its 11th generation CPU. Even when pitted against Intel’s latest, AMD’s new Renoir and Raigen chips have proven to pack a lot of punch. This is important, given that we were really disappointed with the performance of older Zen + based chips in last year’s Surface Laptop 3.
Alas, we still don’t officially know much about the Surface Laptop 4, but there’s a lot we wish for. We hope that Microsoft can slim the bezels on the Surface laptop and speed it up with the XPS lineup.
This would be great to see in addition to an external graphics card, so a laptop light can pack an extra punch for gaming. Of course, such things will require massive design changes from Microsoft, so for now it’s best to hold our breath.
If you are waiting for Thunderbolt, you will also have to wait for that feature to finally come to the Surface laptop. Microsoft has chosen to avoid Thunderbolt, even though its most powerful Surface devices, including the Surface Book 3.