Microsoft’s upcoming 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 could be available with 8-cores AMD CPUs

Laurent Giret

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As we’re getting closer to Microsoft’s next Surface event on October 2, it looks like the company’s new Surface Pro 3 could be much more than the incremental update we saw last year with the Surface Laptop 2. After a previous leak revealed the existence of a AMD-powered 15-inch variant, Roland Quandt from the German blog now claims to have obtained detailed information about pricing and configuration details.

According to the report, Microsoft could be planning up to six variants of its 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 with up to 8-cores AMD CPUs. Here’s a summary of what could be on the cards:

  • Two entry-level models with 4-cores AMD Ryzen SoCs and 8GB of RAM and a $999-$1099 price range.
  • Two middle-range models with 6-cores AMD Ryzen CPUs and 12GB of RAM, with prices going from $ 1399 to $ 1599.
  • Two high-end configurations with 8-cores AMD CPUs and 16GB of RAM, with prices comprised between 1999 and 2399 US dollars.

The report notes that AMD has yet to introduce Ryzen mobile processors with 6 or 8 cores, but the chipmaker, which is a long-time partner for Microsoft could have chosen the Redmond giant as a launch partner for these new chips.

As usual, take this latest leak with a grain of salt, but the prospect of Microsoft launching a 15” Surface Laptop 3 with an 8-cores AMD CPU could definitely shake things up. The Surface Laptop has pretty much stayed in the shadow of the Surface Pro these past two years, but AMD could finally give Microsoft the opportunity to push the ultrabook concept to new heights.

We can’t wait to see what Microsoft is cooking for its Surface event on October 2, but we’ll be in the attendance and we’ll share our hands-on impressions with the new products as soon as we can see them.