Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 may pack an 8-core AMD Ryzen processor

The Microsoft October Event 2019 is just around the corner, October 2, and we have high expectations for the launch of a new Surface Laptop 3 that sounds more powerful than ever.

A leak indicates that this new laptop with AMD processors (CPUs) deviates from the previous Surface series and possibly even offers a German WinFuture CPU with eight cores.

We've heard about how Microsoft has pushed Intel for AMD into the background in Surface Laptop 3, but this is the first suggestion for AMD processors with eight cores appearing in the laptop. Not only would this be a big step for Microsoft, but it would also put AMD CPUs in the top tier of product SKUs, rather than sitting under the Intel Ice Lake models.

The report mentions a number of different Surface Laptop 3 models, all with a larger 15-inch display. They range from quad-core Ryzen CPUs to the above-mentioned eight-core model and a hexa-core model. The memory can be 8 GB, 12 GB or 16 GB RAM. Pricing is expected to be between $ 1,000 (approximately £ 800, $ 1,460) and $ 2,400 (approximately £ 1,930, $ 3,500).

There are eight-core Ryzen CPUs – but not for mobile devices

Eight-core CPUs appear to AMD to be commonplace given the many high-core CPUs that the company has brought to market in its Ryzen 3000 series. However, this does not apply to the mobile processors. WinFuture previously reported that the laptop may contain a Ryzen 5 3550U or Ryzen 7 3750U CPU option, but both are quad-core CPUs.

None of AMD's currently available mobile processors offer eight cores, unlike the company's desktop processors. So, what does that mean?

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One option that WinFuture proposes is a system-on-chip (SoC) AMD Epyc Embedded 3000 series. Some of these SoCs have eight cores. However, the Surface Laptop 3 feels like a strange home for a chip designed for use on servers and businesses.

Another possibility is that AMD brings new Ryzen-Mobil CPUs to the market, which first appear on the Surface Laptop 3. The problem is that it is a bit early for a new range of Ryzen mobile processors, as the Zen + mobile processors only hit the market in the past January.

One last option, of course, is that these rumors will not show up in October. We may still get AMD-enabled Surface Laptop 3 models, but they may be limited to four cores. And maybe we'll get octopus versions, but it could be later.

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