The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is the next entry in Microsoft’s high-end ultrabook range, with new leaks suggesting it could launch before the end of the month.
German publication winfuture.de has detailed the price and specs for the Surface Laptop 4, while claiming Microsoft will officially launch the new laptop on 27 April 2021. Microsoft has previously launched Surface Laptop devices during its November presentation, but it seems like its laptop was delayed on this occasion.
Microsoft will offer both 13.3-inch and 15-inch models of the Surface Laptop 4, both of which will apparently look identical to their predecessors with no exterior upgrades. The laptops will come in two processor flavours: Intel’s 11th Generation processors (aka Tiger Lake) and AMD Ryzen 4000 chips. Bizarrely, it looks like Microsoft won’t be offering models with AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000 processors, although this could change.
For more information on the Surface Laptop 4, keep reading on and keep an eye on Trusted Reviews for future updates.
Surface Laptop 4 release date – When will it launch?
The Surface Laptop 4 will launch on 27 April 2021 according to a report by winfuture.de, which cites “several trustworthy sources”.
It’s currently unknown whether Microsoft will host a digital event beforehand to unveil the new laptop, but it does look like we’ll hear something official within a matter of weeks now.
Surface Laptop 4 price – How much will it cost?
The 13-inch Surface Laptop 4 could have a starting price of €1149 according to winfuture.de, coming equipped with a Ryzen 5 CPU (Surface Edition), 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. There’s no word on UK pricing just yet, but that roughly translates to around £995 which adheres to previous Surface Laptop price points.
A 15-inch model will also seemingly be made available with a €1499 (roughly £1299) starting price. This model will reportedly feature a Ryzen 7 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Both sizes of the Surface Laptop 4 will also be available with more powerful specs, with the likes of the processor, memory and storage all able to be boosted.
For comparison, the existing Surface Laptop 3 is now available for just £795, although did initially launch with a £999 starting price.
Surface Laptop 4 specs – How powerful will it be?
The recent report from winfuture.de suggests the Surface Laptop 4 will be available with Intel 11th Generation (i5-1145G7 / i7-1185G7) and AMD Ryzen 4000 (Ryzen 5-4680U / Ryzen 7 4980U) processor options.
While the former is great news, since 11th Gen marks the latest and greatest range of Intel chips, it’s rather bizarre that Microsoft is potentially opting for custom-made Ryzen 4000 CPUs when the assumedly more powerful Ryzen 5000 chips are currently available in rival laptops.
It is of course possible that Microsoft will be offering Ryzen 5000 processors too, as the recent leaks may not cover every single new model, but it’s looking unlikely right now.
So how powerful will these new chips be? It’s difficult to know at this point, but we doubt the Surface Laptop 4 will be able to compete with the latest MacBook Air due to the impressive power of Apple Silicon.
Surface Laptop 4 design
It’s bad news on the design front, as the winfuture.de report suggests the Surface Laptop 4 will see no exterior updates besides a small compartment for SSD upgrades.
This means Microsoft could be sticking to its chunky bezel, which looks extremely outdated when compared to the Dell XPS 13 and Razer Book 13 laptops. The lack of an upgrade here will be very disappointing if accurate.
It also looks like Microsoft will be sticking to the same 2256 x 1504 resolution (2496 x 1664 for 15-inch model) as the Surface Laptop 3. This is no bad thing however, as it’s still a sharper screen than the standard 1920 x 1080 display found with the majority of ultrabooks.
The Surface Laptop 4 will also apparently be touchscreen, retaining support for accessories such as the Surface Pen and Surface Dial.
What do we think about the Surface Laptop 4?
We can’t make any sweeping statements about the Surface laptop 4 just yet, as we have no official word from Microsoft about the price and specs – we only have leaks and rumours to go off for now. But if the reports are accurate, then the Surface Laptop 4 looks to be a huge disappointment.
A processor refresh is the bare minimum, and it’s very confusing to see Microsoft potentially snubbing the fantastic Ryzen 5000 mobile processors in favour of custom-made chips from the older Ryzen 4000 generation. Either way, Microsoft’s new laptop won’t be competing with the MacBook Air’s power anytime soon.
What’s worse, it looks like Microsoft won’t be updating the design of the Surface Laptop, despite already looking outdated compared to the competition. This may seem like a minor issue with all things considered, but it could be enough to sway laptop buyers in the direction of Dell and Razer.
Of course, you’ll have to wait for the Surface Laptop 4 review to see our final verdict, but it doesn’t look good for Microsoft’s ultrabook range as things stand.