Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: First Details Leaked


In October 2019 Microsoft showed the Surface Laptop 3 and did a lot of things right: This is shown by the decent COMPUTER BILD test results achieved by the 13.5-inch device and the 15-inch model. Apparently a successor will appear soon with the Surface Laptop 4. That goes out from a report WinFuture who have now been able to find out the first details about the upcoming Microsoft notebook. Immediately noticeable: Microsoft does not dare to experiment with the design and is sticking to the tried and tested shape of the Surface Laptop 3.

13.5- and 15-inch models: AMD and Intel on board

The Surface Laptop 4 has a significant change compared to its predecessor when it comes to the processor: In the future, interested parties will have the choice between Intel processors or AMD chips for both sizes; with the Surface Laptop 3 this was only possible with the 15-inch model. According to the report, Microsoft is installing 11th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs and AMD’s Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U in the adapted “Surface Edition”.

The best laptops


Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Great, crisp and true-to-color display
  • Long battery life (over 8 hours)
  • Works nice and quiet
  • Lots of SSD storage (954 GB)


Surface Book 3 15 i7 16GB / 256GB

Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Fast graphics chip for games
  • Top display with touchscreen
  • Long battery life
  • Quietly

Cons

  • High price
  • Not upgradeable


Surface Book 3 13.5 i7 32GB / 512GB

Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Fast graphics chip for games
  • Top display with touchscreen
  • Long battery life
  • Quietly

Cons

  • High price
  • Not upgradeable


ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX551QS-HB137T

Per

  • Extremely high working pace
  • Very fast game speed ?? also in 4K
  • Very high image quality
  • Second display with touchscreen function
  • Lots of SSD storage

Cons

  • Very short battery life
  • Loud under full load


LifeBook U939X

Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • High image quality
  • Dock and pen in the package
  • A lot of connections? including USB-C with Thunderbolt 3
  • LTE, WLAN-ac, Bluetooth 5.0

Cons

  • Unsuitable for games
  • A bit noisy under full load


Spin 3 (SP313-51)

Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • High resolution display
  • Pen for touchscreen included
  • Large RAM


Yoga C740-14 (81TC002R)

Per

  • Fast work pace
  • Good, high-contrast display
  • Long battery life
  • Precise touch screen
  • Fast WLAN-ax
  • Versatile in use

Cons

  • SSD storage scarce
  • Not for gamers


MateBook X Pro (2020)

Per

  • Very high pace of work
  • Very bright display with a very high resolution
  • Very accurate color rendering
  • USB-C adapter for HDMI and VGA

Cons

  • A bit noisy under full load

Complete list: the best laptops

Processor choice with restrictions

However, there is one limitation when choosing the processor: If you want to rely on AMD’s more powerful Ryzen 7 chip, you will inevitably have to opt for the 15-inch model of the Surface Laptop 4. In the smaller version of the notebook, only the Ryzen 5 processor is used. This leaves only the 13.5-inch version with Intel’s Core i7 CPU for users who want a handy notebook with enormous performance.

Surface Laptop 4: Storage up to 1 terabyte in size

The Intel chips are supported by a working memory of up to 32 gigabytes (GB), whereas the AMD processors get a maximum of 16 GB. The internal memory, an SSD in all equipment variants, amounts to a maximum of 1 terabyte (TB). However, this only applies to the 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 with a Core i7 processor. AMD supporters have to be content with a maximum of 512 GB.

Surface Laptop 4 price and availability

However, all of this has its price: The entry-level model with 13.5-inch screen, Core i5 processor from Intel, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage costs 1,499 euros. With the Ryzen 5 processor from AMD, entry is much cheaper at 1,149 euros – but the customer only receives 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. The top model with a 15-inch display, Core i7 CPU, 32 GB RAM and 1 TB storage, on the other hand, is likely to cost 2,699 euros. It is not yet possible to say exactly when Microsoft will officially introduce the Surface Laptop 4. However, if WinFuture has its way, the new notebook from Redmond will be on the market in April.


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