The reporting on Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop 4 has been a rollercoaster of speculation and the latest tidbits about the device seemingly contradict a crowd favorite hope for the laptop.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the Surface Laptop 4 could be coming with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 chipset, thanks in large part to some Geek Bench sleuthing. However, it now appears Microsoft is doing what it always seems to do with Surface hardware and cautiously opting to power its AMD variant laptop with the Ryzen 5 4680 U and Ryzen 7 4980 U Surface Edition chips rather than the newer Ryzen 5000U series we previously speculated.
Surface Laptop 4: Microsoft will use AMD Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition APUs based on Zen 2, not newer Ryzen 5000U series in their new 13,5 and 15in laptops: https://t.co/ZOwKzg6jCm
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) March 8, 2021
In addition to the potential chipset coming with the Surface Laptop 4, there are some more specs that have been reported that include Iris Plus Graphics 950 rather than the Evo Iris Xe Intel support newer devices are getting as or simple Radeon Graphics for AMD variants. The rest of the reported specs are pretty standard fare for the Surface Laptop such as RAM configurations starting at 8GB and SDD storage options up to 1TB for both variants.
|Display||13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 pixels, 3:2 format, 10-point multitouch, PixelSense display, 201 ppi||15-inch, 2496 x 1664 pixels, 3:2 format, 10-point multitouch, PixelSense display, 201 ppi|
|11th Gen Intel Core i5-1145G7||11th Gen Intel Core i5-1145G7|
|11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU||11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU|
|AMD Ryzen 5-4680U||AMD Ryzen 5-4680U|
|Ryzen 7 4980U CPU||Ryzen 7 4980U CPU|
|Graphics||Iris Plus Graphics 950||Iris Plus Graphics 950|
|AMD||Radeon Graphics||Radeon Graphics|
|(32 GB Intel only)||(32 GB Intel only)|
|1TB (1TB Intel only)||1TB (1TB Intel only)|
|Connectivity||Surface Connect, USB A, USB C, Wi-Fi AX, Bluetooth||Surface Connect, USB A, USB C, Wi-Fi AX, Bluetooth|
|Battery||6513 mAh, 49 Wh||6513 mAh, 49 Wh|
Perhaps, more importantly, it's being reported that the Surface Laptop 4 could be announced as early as next month, April 2021. If true, having the Surface Laptop 4 revealed in April chips away at a potentially significant Fall hardware event for the company.