The Surface Laptop 5 has finally been unveiled by Microsoft and it looks pretty good. As we anticipated, this is more of an internal hardware upgrade than a major overhaul; after all, the excellent Surface Laptop 4 has already given the product line a major revamp in 2021.
Still, there’s a lot to be excited about here. From 12th Gen Intel processors to Windows 11 pre-loaded straight out of the box, the Surface Laptop 5 looks like a serious contender for our ultimate laptop guide. Let’s take a look at the details.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Microsoft’s next flagship laptop in the Surface lineup
- When do you leave? October 25
- What will it cost? From $1,000 / £999
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 release date
Following its announcement on October 12, the Surface Laptop 5 will be available for purchase at October 25!
Pre-orders are now available on the Microsoft website!
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 price
The Surface Laptop 5 will start at $999.99 in the US and £999 in the UK. The Australian price is yet to be confirmed, but it should be somewhere in the AU$1,700 range.
The most expensive model (the 15-inch i7 model with a 1TB SSD and 32GB of RAM) will cost $2,399.99. The cheapest 15-inch model starts at $1,299.99 / £1,299.
For comparison, its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 4, started at $899 for the 13.5-inch model and $1,199 for the 15-inch model, with exact prices varying depending on the laptop’s specs (processor, RAM , storage).
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5: What we want to see
As predicted by almost everyone, the Surface Laptop 5 will ship with Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors – specifically the i5-1235U and the i7-1255U, depending on the model. That means up to 32GB LPDDR5X RAM thanks to the DDR5 support provided by Intel’s new CPUs.
In addition to this main component, we have the option of 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSDs for storage – which can be updated by the user, which is nice to see. There’s no discrete GPU here; Surface Laptop 5 will run on Intel CPU integrated graphics like previous models.
There are two screen options here; a full size 15 inches model or a more compact 13.5 inches version with a slightly higher resolution. Both are PixelSense displays with full touchscreen functionality and both use esoteric resolutions due to their productivity-focused 3:2 aspect ratio. Only the 13.5-inch model will be available with the less powerful Intel Core i5 processor.
In terms of physical connectivity, both versions are equipped with a USB-A port, a Thunderbolt 4-enabled USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the ubiquitous Surface Connect port (which we really wish Microsoft would ditch). ). There’s Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, which seems like a good fit for any ultrabook at this point.
There are a variety of colors (including the new Sage Green) and you can get a wrist rest in sleek metal or Microsoft’s iconic Alcantara fabric.
The webcam is still a very pedestrian 720p affair, which is a shame. There’s an IR camera for logging in with Windows Hello and a set of Dolby Atmos speakers. The power supply is a single 60W unit; battery life is estimated to be around 17-18 hours maximum, but we will reserve judgment on that until we can test it ourselves.