Microsoft has a 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 with Intel CPUs, but only for businesses

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has an Intel version of the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 available for business users.
  • The general public can only buy the 15-inch model with customized AMD Ryzen CPUs.
  • The Surface Laptop 3 is available to preorder now starting at $999 (opens in new tab) ahead of its October 22 launch.

Microsoft launched a 15-inch version of its new Surface Laptop 3 this week with customized AMD Ryzen CPUs, making it the first Surface to pack AMD hardware. While AMD CPUs are the only options available for the general public, it turns out Microsoft is giving business users a little more choice.

As reported by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is offering an Intel-based version of the device for businesses. The company's business store (opens in new tab) lists the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 with Intel's 10th Gen "Ice Lake" CPUs, keeping it on par with its smaller, 13.5-inch sibling.

Business users will be able to purchase the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 with Intel CPUs through resellers. At the moment, it doesn't appear a Surface Laptop 3 for Business will be available with AMD processors.

Aside from the difference in CPUs, the business laptop remains the same. Microsoft estimates up to 11.5 hours of battery life, and you'll get the new all-metal design in either platinum or matte black colors. You can also equip the laptop with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

For everyone else, the Surface Laptop 3 is available to preorder now starting at $999. The device is expected to launch on October 22.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • This is actually pretty awesome news, because I would have been conflicted if the core i5 in the 13 performed better than the ryzen 5 in the 15.
  • Does the Intel model also replace the Vega graphics with Intel Iris?
  • Do we even known which intel graphics come with the surface laptop 3 (G4 or G7)?
  • G7 -
  • Yes they do. You can also get a 32 gig ram option on it as well. BT 5 and WiFi 6 and an Intel WiFi card instead of the Marvell
  • I might be missing something, but why would the Intel version only be for businesses and only AMD for consumers? Does the Intel version offer some business specific feature that AMD doesn't/can't?
  • Yes, the Intel processors that ship with these laptops probably include vPro, which a lot of businesses use for remote management.
  • Ah I see thanks for the insight!
  • There's also the fact that business users wouldn't generally consider the extra graphics grunt in the AMD versions to be useful, where consumers quite often would.
  • That's true too, though I'd imagine it depends on the business? But generally speaking I can agree with that.
  • I saw all the option since day 1 on the store, intel and amd
  • MS does not appear to offering for consumers Surface Laptop 3 with !6 Mb with ITb fairly standard for power user (even with an AMD processor).
  • This is cool and all, but I think the best part of this week's announcements was the commitment to higher-spec devices. The Surface Book 2's 16GB of RAM is admirable, but as someone who constantly runs multiple VMs at a time, having the ability to pick a 32GB RAM Surface Laptop/Book would have been amazing. Fingers crossed that Microsoft keeps pressure on the top end for big hardware upgrades in the future.