Schenker, known for its XMG-branded notebooks, claims that mobile PCs with new Intel and AMD processors, as well as new Nvidia graphics cards, may be delayed and significantly more expensive.
The company says that this year, unlike last year, the shortage of components could hit the notebook market hard. It’s all because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More specifically, according to the company, the Chinese authorities responded to the outbreak of the Omicron strain in the Suzhou industrial park with a partial lockdown. The current measures affect factories such as Bosch, semiconductor manufacturer United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Samsung. The authorities have already ordered other manufacturing plants to temporarily close and called for. Suzhou is one of the country’s high-tech development centers and is where the factories of XMG’s ODM partners, Uniwill and Clevo are located.
But that’s not all. The company notes that even already-produced components and laptops are often delivered to the next factory or country for sale with a long delay due to the increasing restrictions of transport systems. Logistics companies are already running at full capacity, further increasing shipping costs and making next-gen laptops noticeably more expensive. This increase is in addition to higher purchase prices for individual components, basic materials and raw materials.
At the moment, we receive daily updates from our partners and suppliers regarding the postponement of delivery dates. While we were able to introduce our new XMG NEO 15 (E22) liquid cooled OASIS earlier in the year and still expect it to be available from mid-March, other laptops such as the new XMG FUSION 16 or the updated XMG PRO series with Intel Core processors The 12th generation is still pending. It is not clear at the moment when they will be available, and at what price, because the growing shortage of components and rising logistics costs make early costing and planning difficult.
The company also recalls the problem with SSDs, which will also become more expensive due to the recent situation. As a reminder, Western Digital and Kioxia recently announced contamination that resulted in the loss of at least 6.5 EB of memory.
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H octa-core processor, GeForce RTX 2050 graphics, and 3.2K screen for $975. Inexpensive powerful laptops Redmi Book Pro 2022 Ryzen Edition
Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Book Pro 2022 Ryzen Edition laptops, which were announced in early March. There are two new products – Redmi Book Pro 14 2022 Ryzen Edition with a 14-inch screen and Redmi Book Pro 15 2022 Ryzen Edition with a 15.6-inch screen. All of them are equipped exclusively with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
There are two processors to choose from: a 6-core Ryzen 5 6600H and an 8-core Ryzen 7 6800H. They are available for both the younger version and the older one. Redmi Book Pro 15 2022 Ryzen Edition in the top version is also endowed with a discrete 3D accelerator in the face of the GeForce RTX 2050.
Redmi Book Pro 14 2022 comes with a 2.5K resolution screen, 120Hz frame rate, DC Dimming support and 100% sRGB color space coverage. Redmi Book Pro 15 2022 received a display with a resolution of 3.2K and a frame rate of 90 Hz, everything else is like the younger model.
Redmi Book Pro 14 2022 is characterized by a thickness of 15.9 mm and a weight of 1.45 kg. Among the interface connectors are USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 interface, one each USB-C and USB-A, as well as HDMI 2.0. The thickness of Redmi Book Pro 15 2022 is only 14.9mm. The set of connectors here is the same as in the younger model, but there is also a slot for SD memory cards. A feature of Redmi Book Pro 15 2022 is a cooling system with three heat pipes and two fans – in the younger model, the cooling system is simpler.
As for prices, they look like this:
Redmi Book Pro 14 2022 Ryzen Edition:
- Ryzen 5 6600H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – $675;
- Ryzen 7 6800H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – $765
Redmi Book Pro 15 2022 Ryzen Edition:
- Ryzen 5 6600H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – $705;
- Ryzen 7 6800H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – $795;
- Ryzen 5 6600H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2050 – $885;
- Ryzen 7 6800H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2050 – $975
“The best beast this market has ever seen.” Panasonic Toughbook 40 Modular Laptop Unveiled
Panasonic has unveiled an all-new flagship, fully rugged laptop called the Toughbook 40.
The Panasonic Toughbook 40 features a modular design, a huge amount of RAM, a capacious SSD and optional AMD discrete graphics (exact model not specified).
“Do you need a fully rugged traditional laptop? We will provide the best beast this market has ever seen, ”the description of the novelty says.
Panasonic Toughbook 40 received a 14-inch Full HD widescreen display, 16 or 32 GB of DDR RAM operating at a frequency of 3200 MHz, as well as a 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB solid state drive. It supports optional OPAL or FIPS SSDs up to 2TB. The laptop is equipped with Core i5-1145G7 or Core i7-1185G7 processors.
The equipment includes USB-A (10 Gb / s) and USB-C Thunderbolt (40 Gb / s) connectors. There is support for 4G LTE and 5G. The notebook can be equipped with an additional battery to extend the operating time without recharging. One battery provides up to 18 hours on a single charge, this time is doubled when using a second battery. The battery charging time is 3 hours.
The laptop received an infrared webcam with a resolution of 5 megapixels, a backlit keyboard, it meets the degree of protection IP66, as well as the requirements of the American military standards MIL-STD-810H and MIL-STD-461G, that is, it is not afraid of dust and dirt, as well as shock.
You can install an optional DVD or Blu-ray drive, a fingerprint scanner, a contactless smart card reader, a barcode scanner, and various additional ports.
The screen is touch, it recognizes the stylus and touches with gloves. The device is running Windows 11.
No Intel components. Corsair Voyager a1600 AMD Advantage Edition Gaming Laptop Introduced With Unusual Additional Panel
Corsair has unveiled its first laptop, the Voyager a1600 AMD Advantage Edition.
From the name it is clear that AMD had a hand in creating the device. Of course, the main components here are of this particular company. More specifically, we are talking about the Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and the Radeon RX 6800M graphics card.
The screen of the laptop is 16-inch with support for a frame rate of 240 Hz and a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. RAM is provided 16 or 32 GB, there is an SSD with a capacity of 1 or 2 TB. Also worth noting is a mechanical keyboard, two USB 4.0 ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, a USB-C and USB 3.2 port, an SD card slot, Wi-FI 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and a 99 Wh battery. Dimensions are 356 x 287 x 19.9 mm with a weight of 2.4 kg.
One of the highlights of the laptop is the Elgato Stream Deck. This is a set of additional touch programmable buttons that expand the capabilities of the laptop. And they remain accessible even with the lid closed.
It remains to add that the laptop is priced at 2700 or 3000 dollars, depending on the configuration.
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