Surface Laptop devices usually come out in the fall, but Microsoft has had a bit of a weird release schedule. The original Surface Laptop came out in June 2017, followed by the Surface Laptop 2 in October 2018. The Surface Laptop 3 and Laptop 4, meanwhile, came in October 2019 and April 2021, respectively. Due to the strains of the pandemic, it is much more common now to see Surface devices released in the fall. According to Windows Central’s Zac Bowden, the second half of 2022 could be a better option for a Surface Laptop 5 release.
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Microsoft’s flagship Surface Laptop portfolio received a major boost at the end of 2021 with the release of the Surface Laptop Studio, the most powerful Surface to date. Then there was the Surface Laptop 4, which was released in April. Now that we’ve entered a new year, it’s time to look back at the Surface Laptop 5’s actual predecessor. The Surface Laptop 5 is one of the most anticipated laptops for 2022, but Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement regarding the gadget. We do, however, have a wishlist of items we’d want to see, as well as a summary of all the rumours in one place.
As far as pricing goes, there are multiple options that we are expecting, mainly judging from past releases. There are a couple of versions of the Surface Laptop 5 that can come to market: AMD, Intel versions — both in.13-inch and 15-inch versions — Alcantara, and metal versions. The AMD version of the 13-inch Surface Laptop is usually slightly cheaper than the Intel version, and Alcantara versions are cheaper than metal versions. We think this might be the case again. Pricing on the AMD 13-inch Laptop 4 started at $900, so we expect more of the same again for a Surface Laptop 5. As for the 15-inch AMD, it could also come in around $1,300. 13-inch Intel models could come in at $1,200, with the 15-inch at a couple of hundred dollars more.
Besides a switch to a metal keyboard deck option, the main design of the Surface Laptop has been unchanged since the initial version back in 2017. On the other side of things, Microsoft finally slimmed down the bezels on the Surface Pro 8 in 2021. Though there’s no indication that it’s in the works, we hope this also applies to the Surface Laptop 5. We say that because slim-bezel laptops are becoming much more common now. The trend was set by the Dell XPS 13, meaning the bezels on the Laptop lineup are dated. Even the Surface Laptop Studio has thicker bezels compared to other laptops like Apple’s MacBook Pro. Smaller bezels and more screen real estate will be much appreciated, helping boost productivity.
We’d also be interested to see if Microsoft could come up with a new pen storage mechanism for Laptop 5. On the Laptop Studio, the Slim Pen 2 houses under the lip of the device. This would be cool to see on a regular Surface Laptop, but it might take a lot of engineering due to the charging mechanics. Surface Laptop 4 showing display, keyboard deck, and docked pen. Both of the Surface devices released by Microsoft at the end of 2021 featured 120 Hz displays. The Surface Laptop Studio and Surface Pro 8 benefit from the technology, making web browsing feel much more fluent. The Surface Laptop, though, has been stuck with 60Hz panels. Considering the high-end pricing, 120Hz would make the Laptop 5 a lot more viable. 60Hz panels are just fine for basic things, but as we said when we reviewed the Surface Pro 8, Windows 11 has a lot of great animations, and a 120Hz screen would bring that all to life.