How about that! There was an earlier rumor that suggested the idea that Microsoft will be using the latest AMD Ryzen 6000 series APUs for the Surface Laptop 5 to offer exceptional processing and graphics prowess.
But a newer one claimed the opposite.
Well, as it stands, the earlier rumor has been invalidated.
Microsoft, in announcing its new Surface Laptop 5, has confirmed that it will not be offering any AMD Ryzen option. At least, not yet. There may be multiple reasons for Redmond to skip this alternat choice, ranging from poor feedback or simply low supplies of these Ryzen 6000 chips.
At this time, you only get the 12th generation Intel Alder Lake U option on these shiny new devices.
Sadly, the forgoing of AMD Ryzen means that with the Surface Laptop 5, Microsoft is not implementing its very own Pluton security processor that is currently only available on these Rembrandt CPUs in this space.
The company, nevertheless, claims that this new machine has over 50% the horsepower compared to its predecessor, which is, all said and done, a massive increase.
Available in two sizes, 13.5” and 15”, the Surface Laptop will come in both Windows 11 and Windows 10 flavors, the latter as business models. Reason for this being the fact that not all businesses are ready to make the move to the latest operating system just yet.
All these Surface Laptop 5 SKUs are built on the Intel Evo platform, and you get a choice of either the Core i5 1235U or the more powerful Core i7 1255U processor for the consumer variant, and either the Core i5 1245U or the faster Core i7 1265U processor for the commercial one.
Intel Iris Xe Graphic handle graphics duties.
You also get a choice of either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of LPDDR5x RAM, while storage options include capacities of 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.
Color choices range from Platinum with Alcantara, Sage, Matte Black, to Sandstone.