Microsoft today announced the Surface Laptop 4, an updated version of the Surface Laptop 3 that primarily adds a choice of new processors. The Surface Laptop 4 comes with new AMD Ryzen 4000 and Intel 11th gen processors as options and will be on sale April 15.
The Surface Laptop 4 will be available with four new CPU options, two each from AMD and Intel. The AMD CPU options are of the AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition variety, meaning they are semi-custom chips that feature some additional tweaks and performance over the off-the-shelf parts available to other manufacturers.
The Surface Laptop 4 offers the choice of Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U from AMD and Intel Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1185G7. The AMD parts feature Radeon Graphics whereas the Intel parts have Intel Iris Xe Graphics.
The rest of the machine is similar to the Surface Laptop 3. You get a choice of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB LPDDR4X RAM, removable 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD storage, 1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x Surface Connect port, and headphone jack, 720p webcam, dual far-field mics, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, and Bluetooth 5.0.
The 13.5-inch model comes with a 2256x1504 resolution display whereas the 15-inch model has a 2496x1664 resolution display. Both have a 3:2 aspect ratio and 10-point multi-touch with support for the optional Surface Pen.
The new machine is available in four colors and two material choices. You can choose from Ice Blue, Sandstone, Platinum, and Matte Black. Out of these, Ice Blue and Platinum are available with an Alcantara finish, but only on the 13.5-inch model. The 15-inch model only comes in Platinum and Matte Black, both with a standard metal body.
Microsoft as usual has some extremely complicated configuration options available, which includes permutations and combinations of the four CPU options, four storage options, three memory options, two sizes, four colors, and two finishes. There are 22 preset options available from the aforementioned configurations and they start at $1000 for the cheapest model with an AMD CPU and $1300 for the cheapest model with an Intel CPU.
As a limited time offer, those in the US who purchase the Surface Laptop 4 before April 15 through microsoft.com or bestbuy.com will receive Surface Earbuds for free.