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For a laptop intel still has a performance per watt advantage. Newer generations of processors are nearly always less power hungry then older ones. Your really not comparing apples to apples here and my guess is your comparing dissimilar machines two with different screens, components, etc which makes this even harder. Not every manufacture uses the same test standard for battery life either. For what you have said I would say the i5 is a good choice because you don't need more performance and you want battery life. I would also strongly recommend an SSD.

Ryzen Mobile CPU's are very new so your choice in machines is pretty limited right now see for how they preform.
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