New reports suggest the Surface Laptop 4 could arrive as soon as January, featuring Intel’s latest Tiger Lake processors.
Microsoft insider Zac Bowden (via Windows Central) has claimed his sources suggest the Surface Laptop 4 will launch mid-January 2021.
Further more, Bowden reports the Surface Laptop 4 features Intel 11th-generation processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, which is the latest and greatest range of Intel ultrabook chips currently available. Like in 2019, Microsoft is also said to be offering AMD configurations of the laptop.
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Surface Laptop 4 release date – When will it launch?
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 will launch mid-January 2021 according to Zac Bowden’s sources.
The new laptop series was expected to be revealed in October 2020, but it failed to turn up for unknown reason. Now it looks like Microsoft thought best to delay the laptop reveal by a few months.
The Surface Pro 8 is also expected to launch alongside the new laptop, which will also feature new Intel processors.
Surface Laptop 4 price – How much will it cost?
There have been no rumours indicating a price for the Surface Laptop 4, but we’d expect Microsoft to use a similar pricing to the current Surface Laptop 3 devices.
The 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 was priced at £999 at launch, while the 15-inch model was slightly more expensive at £1199.
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Surface Laptop 4 specs – How powerful is it?
Benchmark leaks previously indicated the Surface Laptop 4 will have both AMD and Intel configurations, with Ryzen 4000 and the upcoming Intel Tiger Lake processors featuring.
A 3DMark benchmark leak (spotted by WindowsLatest) shows a Microsoft device, believed to be the Surface Laptop 4, flaunting a Ryzen 7 4800U processor. This AMD chip features 8 cores, 16 threads and a boost clock speed of 4.2GHz, which is an upgrade on the Surface Laptop 3’s AMD Ryzen 7 3780U, which sees 4 cores, 8 threads and a boost clock speed of 4.0GHz.
The new Ryzen 4000 processors also feature powerful integrated graphics, which means the Surface Laptop 4 will potentially be able to offer an entry-level GPU performance for casual gaming and content creation without the need of a discrete graphics card. AMD also claims improved power efficiency, which could see the battery life boosted for Microsoft’s laptop.
The Surface Laptop 4 is also expected to feature an Intel option, with Intel recently revealing its 11th Generation mobile processor offerings. We’re expecting fairly similar specs to the Ryzen counterpart, although renowned leaker @_rogame has pointed out that its 3DMark graphics score isn’t quite as high as the Ryzen model. That said, we don’t know for sure whether this is the high-end Intel configuration option.
The benchmark leak also shows the Microsoft device to feature 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. The latter is a little disappointing, with 256GB storage capacity considered stingy, but it’s almost guaranteed that Microsoft will offer larger capacity options too.
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Surface Laptop 4 design
While there are tonnes of rumours and leaks speculating about the Surface Laptop 4 processor, very little has been said about the design.
This could mean Microsoft won’t be making any changes to the Surface Laptop 3 design. With the Surface range already considered to be one of the most stylish ultrabook options, it wouldn’t be a disaster (or a surprise) if we didn’t see any physical differences from the previous iteration.
That said, we do feel that Microsoft needs to shave down the bezel in order to compete more fiercely with the likes of the Dell XPS 13. Plus the Surface Laptop 4 won’t be shipping until 2021 now, which means Microsoft may well still have lots of information under wraps.