Microsoft is giving the Surface Laptop a mild refresh with new processors from AMD and Intel. As always, this generation promises longer battery life and improved performance, but this time it looks to be significant thanks to those newer processors.

While the Surface Laptop's overall look remains the same, save for the new Ice Blue with Alcantara for the 13.5-inch, there are numerous new configuration options available. There is also now wider availability of the previous 'business-only' Intel models for consumers. Conversely, businesses can now buy AMD Surface Laptops.

The laptops are now available to order in the US, Canada, and Japan with other markets in the coming weeks.

Surface Laptop 4 (2021): What's new

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Let's cut to the chase and go over what is new. Microsoft is sticking with the existing formula for the 13.5 and 15-inch models while making minor adjustments:

  • Intel 11th Gen Core processors with Iris Xe Graphics
  • AMD Ryzen 4000 and Radeon Graphics Surface Edition
  • Up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB storage (Intel only)
  • No more 128GB option (256GB or higher)
  • Dolby Atmos spatial-audio
  • Ice Blue with Alcantara (13.5-inch Intel only)
  • Consumer availability of AMD and Intel models
  • Commercial availability of AMD and Intel models
  • Up to 70% performance improvement
  • Battery jumps from 11.5 hours to 17 to 19 hours
  • Slightly faster Windows Hello login
  • 15-inch models are only Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7
  • Same $999 starting price (AMD Ryzen 5, 256GB, 8GB)
  • AMD models now have Wi-Fi 6 and LPDDR4x

Interestingly, while the AMD models of Surface Laptop 3 were readily available for consumers, those who wanted Intel for security or performance reasons had to go through Microsoft's business channels to acquire one. That's changed as now consumers and commercial channels have access to both AMD and Intel models.

The same goes for commercial channels as they can now go with either processor brand and get Windows 10 Pro (instead of Windows 10 Home), which is why they run $100 more.

Microsoft is still not budging on Thunderbolt 3 or 4 and instead is sticking with its Surface Connect for docking or Type-C. There are also no options for 4G or 5G or any other changes to the display, size, bezels, or ports.

But at least the AMD models get Wi-Fi 6 and LPDDR4x RAM this time.

Surface Laptop 4: Specs, pricing, and availability

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The specifications are mostly the same compared to Surface Laptop 3 save for the new processor options, of which they are plenty, especially when you consider both consumer and commercial channels.

Category Surface Laptop 4 (13.5-inch) Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch)
Operating System Windows 10 Home or Pro Windows 10 Home or Pro
Display 13.5-inch PixelSense
3:2 aspect ratio
2256 x 1504 (201 PPI)
15-inch PixelSense
3:2 aspect ratio
2496 x 1664 (201 PPI)
Processor Intel i5-1135G7
Intel i5-1145G7 (Commercial only)
Intel i7-1185G7
AMD Ryzen 5 4680U
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U
Intel i7-1185G7
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U
GPU Intel Iris Xe
Radeon RX Graphics
Intel Iris Xe
Radeon RX Graphics
Memory 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB (Intel)
LPDDR4x (3733MHz)
8GB, 16GB, or 32GB (Intel)
LPDDR4x (3733MHz)
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (Intel)
Removable
256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (Intel)
Removable
Front Camera 720p 720p
Security Windows Hello face authentication camera, Firmware TPM 2.0 Windows Hello face authentication camera, Firmware TPM 2.0
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax compatible
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x Surface Connect, 3.5 mm headphone jack 1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 1x Surface Connect, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery Ryzen 5: Up to 19 hours
Core i5: Up to 17 hours
Ryzen 7: Up to 17.5 hours
Core i7: Up to 16.5 hours
Weight Up to 2.84 lbs (1,288 g) Up to 3.4 lbs (1,542 g)
Colors Alcantara: Platinum or Ice Blue
Metal: Matte Black or Sandstone
Platinum metal, Matte Black metal

Pricing gets exceptionally complicated due to the sheer number of models and variants available. It's a good sign, though, for Surface Laptop as Microsoft must be selling enough to warrant offering so many versions.

First up are the consumer SKUs, which will be available wherever Surface Laptops are sold, including online and in physical stores:

Surface Laptop 4 (13.5-inch) Consumer

Features Colors Price
Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $999
Ryzen 5, 16GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,199*
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Blue, Black, Sandstone $1,299
Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Blue, Black, Sandstone $1,499
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Blue, Black, Sandstone $1,699
Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Black $2,299

Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) Consumer

Features Colors Price
Ryzen 7, 8GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,299
Ryzen 7, 8GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Black $1,499
Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Black $1,699
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Black $1,799
Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Black $2,399

*Note, the 13.5-inch $1,199 Ryzen 5 model with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is not available until ~8 weeks after launch.

Next up are the commercial SKUs, which are available through Microsoft Business channels. The only differences are even more configuration options (e.g., Ryzen 7 in 13.5"), and these ship with Windows 10 Pro:

Surface Laptop 4 (13.5-inch) Commercial

Features Colors Price
Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,099
Ryzen 5, 16GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,299*
Ryzen 7, 16GB, 512GB Black $1,699
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,199
Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Blue, Black, Sandstone $1,399
Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Blue, Black, Sandstone $1,599
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB Black $1,599
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Blue, Black, Sandstone $1,799
Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Black $2,399

Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) Commercial

Features Colors Price
Ryzen 7, 8GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,399
Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Black $1,799
Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB Platinum $1,499
Core i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Black $1,699
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB Platinum, Black $1,699
Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Platinum, Black $1,899
Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Black $2,499

*Note, the 13.5-inch $1,199 Ryzen 5 model with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is not available until ~8 weeks after launch.

Surface Laptop 4 is now available starting today and begins shipping Thursday, April 15 in the US, Canada, and Japan, with additional market availability in the coming weeks.

Bonus: Free Surface Earbuds (Thru 4/15)

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As a special bonus for Surface fans in the US who purchase Surface Laptop 4 online through Microsoft or Best Buy before April 15 will receive Surface Earbuds for free from Microsoft.

Related to the Surface Laptop 4 announcement, Microsoft announced an array of new connected-office accessories (headphones, speakers, webcam), Surface Headphones 2+, and a wider Surface Duo availability.

Stay tuned for our full review to see if Surface Laptop 4 makes our best Windows laptops list.

AMD or Intel

Surface Laptop 4 Reco

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (2021)

The choice is now yours

Surface Laptop 4 brings options for Intel 11th Gen or AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors in both 13.5 and 15-inch models. With Dolby Atmos, Iris Xe, or Radeon Graphics, much longer battery life, the new Surface Laptop 4 should deliver an excellent experience.

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