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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: Intel and AMD, up to 17 hours of operation and starting at $1000

13 April 2021, Tuesday By M. Konwar
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Microsoft unveiled the fourth generation of its Surface Laptop. It comes in two sizes and is available with both 11th Gen Intel and AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processors. It is noteworthy that the configurations on the "red" platform are much cheaper.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

The new Surface Laptop 4 is equipped with a 13.5- or 15-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2256x1504 pixels at an aspect ratio of 3: 2 in the smaller version and 2496x1664 pixels in the larger version. The area around the keyboard is traditionally made of Alcantara. There are also options in a simple metal case. 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is available in a large number of modifications. So, the processor can be a six-core Ryzen 5 4680U, an eight-core Ryzen 7 4980U, a quad-core Core i5-1135G7, or a quad-core Core i7-1185G7. In the case of models on AMD, Radeon graphics are used, and on Intel — Intel Xe. The 13.5-inch version can have from 8 to 32 GB of LPDDR4X RAM (3733 MHz). The 15-inch version will get the same amount of RAM, but the configurations on AMD use slower DDR4 memory (2400 MHz).

For data storage, the laptop has a 256, 512 GB, or 1 TB solid-state drive. Additionally, there is an M.2 NVMe SSD slot. At the same time, Microsoft warns that you need to contact an authorized service center to replace the memory, so as not to void the warranty. The connectors include a USB 3.1 Type-C, one USB Type-A, a 3.5 mm headphone port, and a Surface Connect magnetic charging port. As in the previous generation, Thunderbolt 4 is not provided.

For the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 based on AMD Ryzen 5, up to 19 hours of battery life is claimed, and for the Intel Core i5 version - up to 17 hours. In the case of the 15-inch version, Microsoft promises up to 17.5 hours for the version on Ryzen 7 and up to 16.5 hours on Core i7.

Surface Laptop 4

The price of the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 starts at $999 for the version with AMD Ryzen 5, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. The option with 16 GB of RAM costs $1199. A modification to the Intel Core i5 with 8 + 512 GB costs $1299, and with 16 GB of RAM - $1499. The model with Core i7 and 16 + 512 GB costs $1699, and the top version on Core i7 with 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD will cost $2299.

The most budget variant of the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 on AMD Ryzen 7 with 8 + 256 GB is priced at $1299, and if you need a 512 GB SSD - $1499. If you add another 8 GB of RAM, then the final price will be $1699. The Core i7 version with 16 + 512 GB costs $1799, and with 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD - $2399. The new items will go on sale on April 15.

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