Announcement

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 coming 27 April

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

Microsoft has announced that the new Surface Laptop 4 is available for pre-order at the Microsoft Store and available at Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and other major retailers from 27 April 2021.

Now, most of you are familiar with the Surface series – Pro, Book, Go, Hub and Laptop – of course, you are as this is Surface Laptop 4 – the fourth iteration of its stylish clamshell notebook.

As usual, it is available in 13.5 and 15” 3:2 screen, but this time, depending on the model configuration, you have a choice of Intel 11th Gen Core (i5-1135G7 and i7-1185G7) or AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition (5-4680U or 7-4980U). That also means Intel Iris Xe Graphics or Radeon Graphics. For the most part, the devices are the same.

GadgetGuy has no preference for Intel over AMD.

The AMDs are special Microsoft Surface Editions. GeekBench 5 scores give a basic indication of power (results may vary slightly)

Single CoreMulti-Core
Intel i5-1135G712704270
Intel i7-1185G713914863
AMD Ryzen 5-4680U9514887
AMD Ryzen 7-4980UUnknown at this time 
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

The Intel processors are in Project EVO notebooks (Surface 4 Laptop is not certified) like Dynabook, LG Gram and Acer Swift 5 that also offer Thunderbolt 3 or 4 and more. While Surface quality is superb and the 3:2 screen ratio is best for productivity, Microsoft’s refusal to embrace Thunderbolt in any Surface product is an issue.

New Accessories

  • Surface Headphones 2+, with on-ear Teams controls and improved remote calling $479.95
  • USB & Wireless Headsets, certified for Microsoft Teams $85.95 and $151.95
  • USB-C Speaker, dual microphones, and intuitive controls $151.95
  • Modern Webcam, a Microsoft Teams, approved webcam $119.95

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 specifications

Note Microsoft operates a multi-brand and device trade-in program and student, parent, and teachers program

Surface Laptop 4 13.5”Surface Laptop 4 15”
From $1599From $2199
Dimensions: 308 mm × 223 mm × 14.5 mm x 1.265kg339.5 mm × 244 mm × 14.7 mm x 1.542kg
Display: Screen: 13.5” PixelSense 3:2
Resolution: 2256 × 1504 (201 PPI)
Surface Pen enabled
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Screen: 15”
Resolution: 2496 × 1664 (201 PPI)
Same
Memory: 8GB, 16GB or 32GB LPDDR4x RAMSame
Processor: Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor
 Iris Xe Graphics
i7-1185G7 processor
AMD Ryzen 5 4680U Mobile Processor 6 cores)
AMD Radeon graphics
Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor only


AMD Ryzen 7 4980U Mobile Processor (8 cores)
Storage: 256GB, 512GB or 1TBSame
Battery life
AMD: Up to 19 hours of battery life
Intel: Up to 17 hours of battery life

AMD: Up to 17.5 hours of battery life
Intel: Up to 16.5 hours of battery life
Battery 47.4 Wh nominalSame
Connections:
1 x USB-C (presume USB-C 3.2 Gen 2)
1 x USB-A
3.5 mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
Same
Security TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and BitLocker support
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
Same
Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
720p HD f2.0 camera (front-facing)
Dual far-field Studio Mics
Omnisonic Speakers with Dolby Atmos
Same
Windows 10 HomeSame
Wi-Fi 6: AX
Bluetooth: 5.0
Same
Casing: Aluminium
Power and Volume buttons on a backlit keyboard Colours:
Platinum with Alcantara material palm rest
Ice Blue with Alcantara
Matte Black with metal palm rest
Sandstone with metal
Same

Colours:
Platinum with metal palm rest
Matte Black with metal
Warranty: 1-year limited hardwareSame