Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Launched with 12th gen Intel CPUs

Microsoft has updated its Surface series devices with the inclusion of the 12th gen Alder lake processors, featured in the new Surface laptop 5.

12th Gen Intel Core Processors, Microsoft Surface Series, Laptops, PC Computers

Thu Oct 13, 2022 - 16:00

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Launched

With 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake CPUs

Last night, Microsoft held its annual launch event for its Surface lineup of computing devices, which were given a mild refresh for the 2022 model year. The new models feature the latest 12th-generation Intel Alder Lake processors and come with some new and unique colour schemes.


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Design & Display

We call it a mild refresh because the Surface Laptop 5 features the exact same design as the previous version, including the same full-sized keyboard and trackpad. You get the same Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Atmos support and dual far-field microphones for voice calls. The only major difference is a new Alacantara keyboard finish on the smaller 13.5-inch version. Both models are available in four colour options, called Platinum, Sage, Black, and Sandstone.

When it comes to the display, you get two options, a smaller 13.5-inch panel and a slightly larger 15-inch screen size. Both of them are the same PixelSense display on the previous year's version, with the same 2256 x 1504 pixels resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio. They can support a contrast ratio of up to 1300:1, as well as Dolby Vision IQ. There is even a 720p webcam tucked in above the displays.

Performance & Connectivity

The real upgrade comes in the form of the new 12th gen Intel Core Alder Lake processors, with the smaller unit featuring two options, an i5-1235U and an i7-1255U. The bigger model only comes with the flagship i7-1255U version. Both models can be paired up with up to 32GB of LPDDR5x RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

For connectivity, you get a more versatile IO featuring a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-A port, a proprietary Surface Connect port, and even a 3.5mm audio jack, along with the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. There is also support for the Windows Hello facial recognition system. All of this is powered by a high-capacity battery that promises to deliver up to 18 hours of backup in the 13.5-in unit and up to 17 hours in the 15-inch version.

Price & Availability

The Surface Laptop 5 comes at a starting price of $999 for the smaller 13.5-inch version, while the larger 15-inch models start at $1,299. The base models of both devices feature a mere 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. While you can upgrade the RAM and storage of both versions, it will cost you quite a lot. The company is expected to reveal a detailed price list for all the variants soon, as the laptops are set to start shipping by Oct 25th.


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