Microsoft has updated its main line of laptops with the new Surface Laptop 5, which is available in two versions with a screen diagonal of 13.5 and 15 inches at a price in the United States starting at $1,000 and $1,200, respectively.
At the same time, there are not many changes in the Surface Laptop 5, because this time, instead of supporting Intel and AMD processors, the entire line will be based on the Evo platform from Intel. This means that in addition to the new 12th generation processors, users will also get support for Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.
Other innovations include an updated PixelSense IPS display that now comes with Dolby Vision IQ support, while the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models share the same 2256×1504 and 2496×1664 resolutions at a 3:2 aspect ratio. The Surface Laptop 5 looks pretty much unchanged, with Microsoft offering buyers a model with an all-metal body, but also keeping the version that comes with Alcantara around the keyboard and touchpad, adding a new sage green color option to it.
Surface Laptop 5 received a configuration only with Intel processors – Core i5-1235U in the basic configuration and slightly faster Core i7-1255U in the more expensive one. In addition, the laptop starts with a 256GB SSD, which can be replaced, and 8GB of RAM soldered onto the board. The 13.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop 5 can have a maximum of 512 GB of internal memory and 16 GB of RAM – a configuration that will cost $1,500 or $1,700 depending on the processor. The 15-inch model can offer a maximum of 1 TB of SSD and 32 GB of RAM, and will cost $2,400 (these options are offered only in the version with an Intel Core i7-1255U processor).
The laptop also features an IR camera for Windows Hello (along with a 720p webcam), dual far-field microphones, and Omnisonic speakers with support for Dolby Atmos surround sound. Battery life also looks pretty similar, with Microsoft promising up to 18 hours for the 13-inch Surface Laptop 5 and 17 hours for the 15-inch model.
The Surface Laptop 5 is now available for pre-order (in select markets), and sales of the model will begin on October 25.