Surface Laptop 4 Prices, Specs Leak

Posted on April 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 15 Comments

Microsoft will reportedly announce Surface Laptop 4 on April 27, and the PC’s (European) prices and specifications have leaked courtesy of Winfuture.de.

There shouldn’t be any surprises here: Surface Laptop 4 appears to map very close to its predecessor, with the only major differences being the processors moving to newer-generation Intel and AMD parts and the addition of user-replaceable SSDs.

Here’s how it will apparently break down.

The 13.5-inch versions of Surface Laptop 4 will come in five configurations: 11th-generation Intel Core i5-1145G7 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for €1499, Core i5 with 16 GB and 512 GB for €1699, Core i7-1185G7 with 16 GB and 512 GB for €1899, AMD Ryzen 5-4680U Surface Edition (SE) processor with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for €1149, and Ryzen 5 SE with 16 GB and 256 GB for €1399.

The 15-inch versions of the Surface Laptop 4 will also come in five configurations: 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for €1999, Core i7 with 32 GB and 1 TB for €2699, AMD Ryzen 7-4980U SE processor with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for €1499, Ryzen 7 SE with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for €1699, and Ryzen 7 SE with 16 GB and 256 GB for €1899.

There will be configuration possibilities as well, of course, and different prices in different markets; I don’t think you can convert euros to US dollars, for example, to get accurate prices here.

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17 responses to “Surface Laptop 4 Prices, Specs Leak”

  1. Plumbobby

    I wonder why they won't add a number pad like most 15" laptops alongside the keyboard? Sadly, that's probably the main reason I can't get my wife into the surface brand. Would be nice because she could use my work station at home when she needs to, as it drives both monitors and ergonomic keyboard via the surface dock.

    • mattbg

      In reply to Plumbobby:

      It could be that the 3:2 display ratio doesn't allow for it. It's not as wide as 16:9 or 16:10.


      It could also be that the market doesn't want it - especially this market, which is a bit stylish. I've had it on a laptop and prefer being able to type with my hands dead-center rather than angled off the left to work around the number pad. I've also got used to a desktop keyboard without a number pad for the same reason (and I did use the number pad prior to losing it).

    • bleeman

      In reply to Plumbobby:

      Not that I'm in the market for a new laptop at the moment, I for one am glad to see they aren't adding a number pad. One of the most uncomfortable laptops I ever owned was a Sony 15" with the number pad. It offset the keyboard and my left hand would cramp up from time to time as there was no support for it as there was about 1/8th of an inch (if that) of metal to the left of the keyboard so it would always be hanging off the side. I ended up replacing that with my Surface Pro (2017) and while it's left side is only slightly bigger with it lying flat on the desktop I didn't have the uncomfortable "drop off". Now that I'm retired and not traveling to client sites my Surface Pro is primarily used in Tablet mode in my recliner as my Surface Studio 2 became my primary system.

  2. MachineGunJohn

    Unfortunate that the 32G/1T configuration is not available in the 13.5 size that is the sweet spot for on the go.

    Of course need more specs

  3. dexman335

    Is Microsoft offering the 15" Intel variants to consumers, or, will it continue to restrict them to commercial users? ?

  4. hal9000

    What about Thinderbolt?

  5. bart

    No EVO-based laptops? So that's kept for a Windows 10X device?

  6. rmlounsbury

    I'm a bit concerned that Microsoft is coming to market with an older Ryzen chipset for no other apparent reason than they have some input on the chip design. It didn't seem to bring any value to the first generation Surface Laptop Ryzen based laptops. I'd rather have the current generation chip over a custom design with dubious value.


    At least it appears the Intel versions are indeed going to have the Iris Xe?

    • Daishi

      In reply to rmlounsbury:

      I have a theory (admittedly based on nothing much other than my own supposition) that Microsoft are deliberately keeping the Surface line behind the curve technologically to try to keep their hardware partners from being too annoyed about it.


      They’re pretty regularly the last to adopt new chips, I don’t think this is even the first time they’ve launched a new machine with chips that have already been superseded, and I have a hard time imagining that that is just down to them still being gun shy after Skylake. So I’ve concluded that the only justification that makes any sense of it to me, or for the continued existence of the Surface Connector, is to give the OEMs and obvious competitive advantage so that they don’t just start releasing Linux/ChromeOS versions of everything they make.

      • Paul Thurrott

        This kind of thinking is classic conspiracy theory. There must be a GREAT reason for what they're doing. But it's more likely that they're either just not very good at this and/or are so small of a player that they can't keep up with real PC makers. Sorry. You can compare this to the "Oswald couldn't have acted alone" rationale: It makes sense. It must be true. But it's not.
        • Daishi

          In reply to paul-thurrott:

          Ok, so your explanation for it is that after almost a decade of making PC hardware the Surface team, which ships about $6 billion of product a year, are SO bad at their job that they can’t even access components in a timely manner? Something that even relative nobodies like Xiaomi or Honor can do?

          • Paul Thurrott

            Those relative nobodies ship far more hardware than Microsoft and thus get better access to components and better pricing. It doesn't matter what level of expertise exists within the Surface team if they are disadvantaged by the size of the business. Which they are. But having watched Microsoft bungle Surface release after Surface release and ignore modern technologies that the rest of the industry embraced years ago, yeah. I think it's fair to say that there's some ineptitude in the mix as well.
      • rmlounsbury

        In reply to Daishi:

        While I'm sure Microsoft doesn't necessarily want to step on the toes of other vendors. I think it is more to do with Microsoft getting bit on Surface Book 1 with a bleeding edge chipset that had a number of problems.


        I would disagree that Microsoft is kneecapping their own products to appease OEM vendors. I also don't think that there is any threat of anyone producing Linux/ChromeOS based devices for many reasons and the key among those being that your typical non-technical user would still struggle with Linux and the fact that it lacks the vast majority of applications users are used to having on Windows and macOS. Linux is a non-starter for most markets and OEM's are already producing ChromeOS devices to diversify their product lineup.


        Even more so when you consider the price Microsoft charges for Surface devices which is premium and selling a product with less capable specs at a premium makes even less sense. Microsoft clearly thinks that they have some sort of value add with the customer SE Ryzen chips... We'll see if that proves out with SL4.


        Either way, I don't believe Microsoft is giving ground to appease OEM's. If nothing else they're dabbling with custom silicon maybe indicates they maybe coming up with their own chips ala Apple and now Google.

  7. ngc224

    "announce Surface Laptop 4 on April 27" or ship on April 27th?


  8. brisonharvey

    I think the Surface Edition element to the processors is interesting. They optimized them last time, but usually gen 2 of a new design sees more dramatic improvements. Of course, that's a story that I'm sure Microsoft will tell, but that is intriguing. How much more performance can they pull from those previous gen AMD chips? Is it enough to overlook the fact that they are a year older than current 5000 series? Otherwise, it might not be worth it.

  9. waharris007

    I've been waiting on these to upgrade my SL2. I want to step up to a 15" with 16gb, so it looks like I have two choices. If the Intel and AMD are only $100 or so apart, which would you guys suggest?

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