Microsoft reveals their Surface Laptop 3 with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen variants

Microsoft reveals their Surface Laptop 3 with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen variants

Microsoft reveals their Surface Laptop 3 with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen variants

Microsoft has officially revealed its Surface Laptop 3 series of notebooks, which will ship later this month with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen variants, each of which will occupy different form factors.

Intel will power Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 13.5-inch model, whereas AMD will power the 15-inch model of the Surface Laptop 3. At this time, the full specifications of the series are unknown, though they will ship with prices starting at $999 and $1199 respectively. 

The AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3 will utilise a processor called the Ryzen 7 Surface Edition, which is said to offer the “fastest graphics performance of any laptop in its class”. The exact specifications of AMD’s customised Ryzen 7 APU are unknown at the time of writing. It will be interesting to see how these CPUs compare to other Ryzen mobile APUs. Microsoft’s slides state that a “Radeon RX Vega 11” graphics chip is used within Microsoft’s custom Surface Edition APU. 

Both Surface Laptop 3 variants will ship with 8GB and 16GB memory options and with 128GB-1TB of storage. Both models will also start shipping on October 22nd.   

AMD is currently the underdog of today’s mobile CPU market, making Ryzen’s inclusion within Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 a major design win for the company. This move may encourage more OEMs to support AMD moving forward in their premium models, or force Microsoft into making more Zen-focused optimisations within Windows 10. 
   

Microsoft reveals their Surface Laptop 3 with Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen variants  

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