AMD Actually Did It

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Microsoft is making a 15-inch Surface Laptop for people who needed more screen and power than the 13.5-inch version, and beyond being bigger, the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 will also offer AMD inside.

This is kind of amazing.

AMD doesn’t really do flagship devices. That’s something we noted when the rumours of an AMD-powered Surface Laptop first appeared. AMD might make high-quality CPUs and GPUs, and its products might be popular in the gaming sector. They also power the two most popular gaming consoles (the PS4 and Xbox One), but big flagship devices like the Dell XPS and Lenovo ThinkPad lines typically don’t lean on AMD.

So the Microsoft Surface Laptop — even just one version of it — relying on AMD is a pretty big deal. In the public consciousness, AMD has been trailing behind Intel for nearly a decade. It’s the “other” CPU maker. It isn’t the headline component maker in headline laptops.

That changes with the Surface Laptop 3, whose new 15-inch version features an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU branded as the AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Processor.

The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 also offers a 10th-gen Ice Lake 4-core CPU that Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay claims is two times more powerful than the Surface Laptop 2 and three times more powerful than the current MacBook Air.

Panay claims the new Surface Laptop 3 will charge from 0 to 80-per cent in under an hour and maintain all-day battery life.

Beyond new guts and a bigger version, the Laptop 3 has a 20-per cent larger trackpad than the Laptop 2 and improved repairability.

We’re hoping to get more details after the event, but if you need Surface Laptop immediately, it’s available for pre-order now and will ship October 22. The 13.5-inch version will start at $2,149, and the 15-inch product will start at $2,499. They come in a small variety of colours.

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