Microsoft has launched the Surface Laptop 4 on Tuesday with two options — AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition (8 cores) or 11th Gen Intel Core processors. This is the company’s second hardware refresh of 2021.
As expected, the American tech company revealed its Surface Laptop to little fanfare and on April 27 it will begin to ship orders. With the outside of the Surface Laptop 4, there are no surprises as Microsoft has made no changes from the Surface Laptop 3. However, the Ice Blue color option has replaced the Cobalt Blue color option. Ice blue is a lighter hue that is only available on select Intel and 13.5-inch configurations. Platinum and Matte Black remain available on both display sizes, as does Sandstone for the 13.5-inch version.
The biggest changes as compared to its predecessor have come on the inside for the Surface Laptop 4. In short, Intel and AMD processors will be available with both display sizes this time around, but they will have their compromises. According to NoteBook Check, “For some reason, Microsoft has reserved the Ryzen 5 4680U for the 13.5-inch model and the Ryzen 7 4980U for the 15-inch model. Additionally, 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD is only available on Intel configurations.”
The Surface Laptop 4 has a 47Wh battery that is a larger battery than its predecessor, albeit only by 2 Wh. Previously, reports had suggested that Microsoft would equip the Surface Laptop 4 with a 4Wh jump and provide a 49 Wh battery as compared to the 45 Wh battery in the Surface Laptop 3.
In the EU, the Surface Laptop 4 starts at €1,129, in the US, $999.99, and in the UK, £999, for reference. For the flagship 13.5-inch and 15-inch models, prices rise to US$2,299.99 though, while an Intel model costs at least US$1,499.99.
NoteBook Check has outlined the differences between the two display sizes below and the various configurations in which Microsoft will offer them.