Microsoft's Next Surface Laptop May Be AMD-Based

Surface Laptop 2 Credit: Tom's HardwareSurface Laptop 2 Credit: Tom's HardwareMicrosoft may release a new Surface Laptop running AMD’s not-yet-announced Picasso chips with integrated AMD Radeon graphics in late 2019, according to Beneath a Surface, a new book by Microsoft insider Brad Sams, as per The Verge.

According to the report, Sams’ book alludes to increasing tension between Microsoft and Intel following the latter’s ongoing delay in releasing 10nm CPUs.

In August, another Microsoft insider and colleague of Sams, Paul Thurrott, said Microsoft originally wanted to use an Arm processor for its latest Surface Go, but Intel “petitioned Microsoft heavily,” resulting in the 2-in-1 donning Intel’s Pentium Gold CPUs instead.

If Microsoft does indeed launch its next Surface Laptop with AMD CPUs, it would be a first for the vendor and sign of more mainstream growth for AMD, which has traditionally held far less market share than Intel. The current-generation Surface Laptop 2 uses Intel’s Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8650U CPU, depending on the configuration. Microsoft's Surface lineup has been long-rumored for a redesign next year. 

The report also suggests that the Microsoft's dual-screened Andromeda may still come along but in a less-pocketable form factor.

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  • hannibal
    That would be nice! A highend portable AMD device! Ofcourse expensive like a ••••• but still an alternative that can courage other wendors to use AMD chips in different gategories!
  • g-unit1111
    Nice! I'll probably be due for a new laptop around then. Will definitely keep an eye on it!
  • kjurden
    If Microsoft Surface Laptops had AMD CPU's I would buy one...until then, I won't have anything to do with them. I fail to understand how anyone can continue to buy Intel CPU's with all of their security risks