A new leak suggests that the next Surface Laptop 5 will go where no Surface has gone before it, with modern AMD processors and more ports.
A site called Windows Prime got its hands on what looks like the official Surface Laptop 5 specs sheet, and if it’s real, Surface fans are in for some important improvements to what was already a terrific laptop.
As with Surface Laptop 4, the next Surface Laptop will be available in AMD and Intel models, and in 13.5- and 15-inch sizes. Some will even still feature Alcantara covers on the wrist rest, though that option is getting less and less common with each generation.
Two things really differentiate Surface Laptop 5 from the previous two Surface Laptop generations, especially: the AMD models will feature modern Ryzen mobile processors, and not previous-generation versions. And there will be two USB-C ports, instead of just one, and they will provide Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 capabilities. (Surface Laptop 5 also apparently retains the USB-A port, so this device will have three USB ports, a first for the range.) And yes, Surface Connect is still a thing.
The AMD processor choices are described as both AMD Ryzen Microsoft Edition processors and AMD Ryzen 5 6680U/Ryzen 7 6980U Mobile Processors, both with Radeon Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition (with either 6 or 8 cores depending on the configuration). The Intel choices are the 12th-generation Intel Core i5-1240P and Intel Core i7-1280P processors, both with Iris Xe graphics. Which I’d never heard of, but Intel has a big 12th-Gen announcement coming soon.
Battery life looks a bit too incredible, with the AMD variants landing at around 20 hours, depending on configuration, and the Intel versions averaging around 18 hours, again depending on the configuration.
Hopefully, Surface Laptop 5 will be announced soon: this was the only major Surface PC not upgraded last fall.