Leaked Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 spec sheet suggests that it could pack Intel Alder Lake and AMD Rembrandt processors, an upgraded battery, and more
Last year's (2021) Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 was offered in multiple screen sizes and processor configurations. We reviewed three SKUs, two AMD-powered models and one Intel model and found them to be a tad outdated compared to their peers. They were, after all, running previous-generation processors. Thankfully, that trend will not continue this time around if a leaked Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 spec sheet is to be believed. It seems that the upcoming variant will use the latest processors available on the market, i.e., Intel Alder Lake and AMD Rebrandt.
MyLaptopGuide and WindowsPrime stumbled upon the entire Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 specifications, which include the Intel Core i5-1240p, Core i7-1280p, AMD Ryzen 5 6680U and Ryzen 7 6980U. The Intel processors are 28 W Alder Lake parts featured in multiple thin and light laptops, and the AMD SKUs are slated for an official launch soon. As expected, neither variant packs a dGPU and will rely on the iGPUs for graphically intense tasks. The Ryzen 6000 series' rumoured RDNA2-based iGPUs should have the leg up here.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop will be offered in 15-inch (2,496 x 1,661 resolution) and 13.5-inch (2,256 x 1,504 resolution) screen variants, much like its predecessor. Other specs include an aspect ratio of 3:2, 201 PPI pixel density, 120Hz refresh rate and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. Both panels will be touch-enabled and compatible with Microsoft's Surface Pen.
One can configure the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 with up to 1 TB of (removable) storage and 32 GB of RAM. Both variants pack a 56 Wh batter capable of delivering anywhere between 21 hours and 17 hours of backup, depending on the processor and screen size. Connectivity options include two Thunderbolt 4.0/USB 4.0 ports, one USB Type-A port, one 3.5 mm audio jack, one Surface Connect port, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Lastly, the laptop's 1080p camera has an IR sensor, enabling Windows Hello authentication.
If last year's release cycle is anything to go by, Microsoft should launch the Surface Laptop 5 sometime in April. Its entry-level variant could cost around US$1,000 and its specced-out brethren around US$2,500.