Surface Laptop 5 to Feature Modern AMD Processors for the First Time

According to a fresh rumor, the Surface Laptop 5 will go where no other Surface has gone before, featuring current AMD CPUs and additional ports.

Surface fans will be in for some significant improvements to what was already a fantastic laptop, according to a site called Windows Prime, which obtained what appears to be the official Surface Laptop 5 specs sheet. If it’s true, Surface fans will be in for some significant improvements to what was already a terrific laptop.

The new Surface Laptop will be available in AMD and Intel variants, as well as 13.5- and 15-inch sizes, much like the Surface Laptop 4. Some will even include Alcantara wrist rest coverings, however that option is becoming less and less popular with each iteration.
Two features set the Surface Laptop 5 apart from the previous two generations of Surface Laptops: the AMD variants will use contemporary Ryzen mobile CPUs rather than previous-generation ones. In addition, instead of just one USB-C connector, there will be two, each with Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 capability. (Surface Laptop 5 also seems to retain the USB-A port, making this the first device in the Surface Laptop series to include three USB ports.) Surface Connect, by the way, is still a thing.

AMD Ryzen Microsoft Edition CPUs and AMD Ryzen 5 6680U/Ryzen 7 6980U Mobile Processors, both with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition, are the processor options (with either 6 or 8 cores depending on the configuration). The Intel Core i5-1240P and Intel Core i7-1280P CPUs, both featuring Iris Xe graphics, are the 12th-generation Intel Core i5-1240P and Intel Core i7-1280P processors. Which I’d never heard of before, but Intel is about to make a massive 12th-Gen announcement.

The battery life seems to be a little too good, with AMD models averaging about 20 hours, depending on setup, and Intel models averaging around 18 hours, again depending on the configuration.

Surface Laptop 5 is expected to be released soon: it was the only main Surface PC that was not refreshed last autumn.

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