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Microsoft Surface Laptop with Snapdragon X chip and Copilot+ for $1,000 is here

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is available in 13.8 and 15-inch sizes and with either the Snapdragon X Plus or X Elite chipset.
Microsoft Surface Laptop Gen 7

AI PCs are here, and they’re cheaper than you might have expected – the Microsoft Surface Laptop starts at $1,000 and comes in two sizes (13.8-inch and 15-inch). It’s a thin, light, portable yet powerful device that has all the Windows 11 AI smarts (as well as third-party AI features) on board. Microsoft has published an entire blog post introducing the new brand of “Copilot+ PCs”. These are AI-focused devices that have a computing power of at least 40 TOPS.

This allows the notebooks to carry out many AI tasks locally, which of course benefits data protection in addition to latency. Microsoft has worked with Samsung, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo, all of which have unveiled their versions of a Copilot+ PC. Additionally, all of these devices are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X chipset.

Snapdragon X Elite or X Plus

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop runs on either the Snapdragon X Elite chipset or the Snapdragon X Plus. The former has a 12 core CPU, the latter has 10 cores. However, both chips deliver 45 TOPS of AI computing power, which earns them the Copilot+ badge. The $1,000 model is of course the 13.8-inch version with the X Plus chip. Switching to the X Elite chip is a roughly $400 upgrade, although you also get $200 worth of more memory. The $1,000 X Plus comes with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while a 16/512GB X Plus laptop costs $1,200. The X-Elite version has at least a 16/512GB configuration, so only half of the $400 premium is due to the chip, the other half to the memory upgrade.

Both the 13.8-inch and 15-inch variants have 3:2 touchscreens with 201 ppi pixel density. Their dynamic refresh rate is up to 120 Hz and they are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The 13.8-inch model weighs 1.34 kg and is 16.5 mm thick with a 54 Wh battery (up to 20 hours of runtime). The 15-inch notebook weighs 1.66 kg and is 18.3 mm thick with a 66 Wh battery (22 hours of battery life). The charging process takes place with 39 or 65 watts.

USB 4 and Display Port 2.1

The Microsoft Surface Laptop casings are made from 67% recycled materials, including 100% recycled aluminum. The latter has been anodized for a more durable surface finish. The smaller model is available in four colors (Sapphire, Dune, Black, Platinum), while the larger model only offers two (Black, Platinum). For connectivity, both have two USB-C ports that are compatible with USB 4 and DisplayPort 2.1. There’s also a single USB-A 3.1 port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot.

There is also a Surface Connect port for the Surface Dock of the Microsoft Surface Laptop. Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 7 (be) and Bluetooth 5.4. In addition to wired and wireless headphones, you can also use the Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Atmos support. There’s also a dedicated Copilot button for quick access to some of the associated AI functions.

Recall is a handy timeline that helps you remember the document, web page, application or other things. Cocreator lets you give a high-level overview – a sketch and a text description – and the Snapdragon X chip creates a small local AI model without cloud services. Alternatively, you can use the Restyle Image app to take an existing image and convert it into an image in any art style.

And there’s more: The AI computing power of the Snapdragon X chips can also be used by third-party applications. These include Adobe Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve Studio, CapCut, Cephable, LiquidText, djay Pro and more.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Prices

The Microsoft Surface Laptops are available to pre-order now, with shipping starting June 18th. Prices for the Snapdragon X Plus 16/256GB model start at €1,200 / $1,000. The most expensive variant is the 15-inch Snapdragon X Elite version with 64GB of RAM and 1TB of removable SSD storage for €2,500 / $2,500.

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Thomas Dietrich
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