Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 reportedly won't use AMD's latest Ryzen CPUs

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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.

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.

Category 13.5-inch 15-inch
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
CPU
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
RAM
8 8
16 16
(32 GB Intel only) (32 GB Intel only)
Storage
128GB 128GB
256GB 256GB
512GB 512GB
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.

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