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Surface Book 3 specs: Leaks suggest different variants might sport Tiger Lake-U, Intel Core i5-1035G1 and Ryzen 4000 CPUs
While no definite Microsoft Surface Book 3 release date has been announced, the gadget is expected to arrive sometime this year. Various leaks suggest that buyers will have plenty of options when it comes to the device's CPU.
Tiger Lake-U variant
One of the leaks came from benchmarking site 3Dmark which was spotted by @_rogame. It features a device labeled “OEMTI OEMTI Product,” which has historically been the naming convention used by Microsoft when testing Surface hardware, according to Forbes.
What caught the eye of tech watchers is that CPU being tested. It is the Tiger Lake-U chip, which means that one Surface Book 3 variant will feature Intel’s next-generation processor.
It won’t come as a surprise if the upcoming gadget will be offered with different CPU options. Microsoft did it in the original Surface Book where buyers can choose between i5 and i7 for its CPU paired with Intel’s HD520, 940M or 965M graphics cards.
The leak from the benchmarking site also revealed other Surface Book 3 specs. It will have 16GB of RAM and will have a 256 GB SSD for storage.
Intel Core i5-1035G1 variant
Meanwhile, another leak from UserBenchmark.com revealed a Microsoft gadget that will be powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1 with 16 GB of RAM. Interestingly, the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 series do not support this chip.
This could mean that the benchmarking specs belong to a different Microsoft product. Forbes is pretty certain that it might be a Surface Book 3 variant, which is probably the entry-level version considering its less powerful chip.
Ryzen 4000 option
Another leak came from the 3DMark11 database. It was spotted by known hardware leaker @_rogame which paired a Radeon RX 5300M mobile graphics card with the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU, according to Laptopmag.
“I found a weird hardware combination,” @_rogame posted on Twitter. “An all AMD laptop with Ryzen 5 4500U & what appears to be an RX 5300M. GPU vendor is Advanced Micro Devices for both iGPU & dGPU so it's an AMD test laptop. Add to that the new Microsoft Laptop with 4500U. I think this is Surface Book 3.”