Microsoft’s 4th-gen Surface Laptop is here and, as expected, the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 comes in two sizes (13.5 inch or 15 inch) and supports a choice of 11th-gen Intel Core “Tiger Lake” or AMD Ryzen 4000U “Renoir” processor options.

The Surface Laptop 4 is available for order in the US, Canada, and Japan starting today and orders will begin shipping April 15. Customers in the US who order from Best Buy or Microsoft by April 15 will also get a free pair of Surface Earbuds.

Microsoft says the notebook will be available in additional markets in the coming weeks.

In terms of design, the new model looks a lot like the previous-gen Surface Laptop 3 which launched in 2019. You’re still looking at a set of notebooks featuring displays with 3:2 aspect ratios, touch and Surface Pen support, and bodies made of metal with optional Alcantara-covered palm rests on select models.

The dimensions, weight, ports, and wireless capabilities haven’t changed. The only real differences are the processors, but with an upgrade from 10th to 11th-gen Intel Core processor options and from Ryzen 3000U to Ryzen 4000U chips, that’s still a pretty significant update.

For the most part, I was able to just copy and paste the spec sheet for the previous-gen models, but I’ve highlighted the new features in italics below.

Surface Laptop 4 13.5″

  • Display: 13.5 inch, 2256 x 1504 PixelSense w/201 ppi
  • Processor options: AMD Ryzen 5 4680U or Intel Core i5-1135G7/Core i7-1185G7
  • GraphicsAMD Radeon Vega or Intel Iris Xe
  • Memory options: 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Storage options: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD (removable)
  • Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A, 1 x Surface Connect, 3.5mm audio
  • Camera: 720p Windows Hello-compatible
  • Microphones: Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • Speakers: Ominsonic Speakers w/Dolby Audio Premium
  • Wireless: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery: 45.8 – 47.4 Wh
  • Dimensions: 12.1″ x 8.8″ x 0.57″
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds

Surface Laptop 4 15″

  • Display: 15 inch, 2496 x 1664 PixelSense w/201 ppi
  • Processor options: AMD Ryzen 7 4980U or Intel Core i7-1185G7
  • Graphics: Radeon Vega or Intel Iris Xe
  • Memory options: 8GB/16GB/32GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage options: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD (removable)
  • Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A, 1 x Surface Connect, 3.5mm audio
  • Camera: 720p Windows Hello-compatible
  • Microphones: Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • Speakers: Ominsonic Speakers w/Dolby Audio Premium
  • Wireless: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery: 45.8 – 47.4 Wh
  • Dimensions: 13.4″ x 9.6″ x .58″
  • Weight: 3.4 pounds

It’s interesting to note that for AMD models, Microsoft went with last year’s Ryzen chips rather than the newer, more powerful Ryzen 5000 series processors that launched this year. But Ryzen 4000U chips are still pretty competitive with Intel’s Tiger Lake U-series processors when it comes to CPU performance (although Intel takes the lead in graphics). And prices for the AMD models are substantially lower, starting at $1000 for a Surface Laptop 4.

Microsoft also appears to have worked with AMD to develop custom chips for the Surface Laptop 4. This is the only laptop available with AMD Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U processors.

All told, here are the processor, memory, storage, and pricing options available at launch:

  • 13.5 inch Ryzen 5 4680U/8GB/256GB for $1000
  • 13.5 inch Ryzen 5 4680U/16GB/256GB for $1200
  • 13.5 inch Core i5-1135G7/8GB/512GB for $1300
  • 13.5 inch Core i5-1135G7/16GB/512GB for $1500
  • 13.5 inch Core i7-1185G7/16GB/512GB for $1700
  • 13.5 inch Core i7-1185G7/32GB/1TB for $2300
  • 15 inch Ryzen 7 4980U/8GB/256GB for $1300
  • 15 inch Ryzen 7 4980U/8GB/512GB for $1500
  • 15 inch Ryzen 7 4980U/16GB/512GB for $1700
  • 15 inch Core i7-1185G7/16GB/512GB for $1800
  • 15 inch Core i7-1185G7/32GB/1TB for $2400

Microsoft has also launched a set of new PC and mobile accessories including the new Surface Headphones 2+ for Business which are basically regular Surface Headphones with a $300 price tag ($50 higher than the non-plus model) and touch controls for Microsoft Teams, a new $50 Microsoft Modern USB headset and upcoming Microsoft Modern Wireless Headset (pricing TBA), a $100 Microsoft Modern USB-C Speaker for Teams meetings, and a $70 Microsoft Modern Webcam.

via Windows Blogs

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  1. Is it just me who is bothered by the fact that Microsoft glues the battery into their products? The last time I checked servicing the Surface Laptop 3 by Microsoft was in the $500 range, and that’s the only option to ever change your battery. As long as they don’t seem your Laptop obsolete, then you have a nice paperweight. For a comparison changing a MacBook Pro battery cost $200 and changing a MacBook Air battery cost $130 if done by Apple but your local computer shop can do it too. I doubt Microsoft change its battery policies (glue) in a significant way in the 4th version.

    If you think I’m unreasonable for caring about this stuff and I should “get real” I’d appreciate your comment too, to give me an idea.

    1. You’re certainly not alone. There are others that care about those things, and I am among them. I do factor in repairability and accessibility of batteries when I look at computers and phones. I’m not a fan of these items being designed to specifically be disposable especially when it comes to parts that were at one point user replaceable.