Intel launches a Tiger Lake laptop for white label PC vendors

Intel made a high-end reference design laptop for small brands to copy

Intel says that the M15 kit exceeds the requirements of its Evo brand. The company's laptop partners can get the NUC M15 Laptop Kit and then re-brand the devices apart from configuring them as per their choice, and then resell in the market.

Intel says the new laptop is built on the lines of its Project Athena - an initiative the company said will focus on fine-tuning performance and experience on ultraportable laptops. The declaration comes not long after Apple reported its own M1-controlled workstations: the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Intel is setting the standards and specifications for what to expect in the laptop. So far Intel's NUC arrangement, which represents Next Unit of Computing, has seen scaled down PCs and work areas. The EVO certification is given to premium laptops, which are powered by Intel processors and fulfil a certain criteria set by the chipset-maker.

To start off, Intel has introduced the NUC M15 in two configurations - one with an 11th-gen Core i7 chip coupled with 16GB of RAM, and another with an 11th-gen Core i5 processor alongside 8GB of RAM. The chipmaker has called the machine the NUC M15, but Intel will not be selling it directly. It will also be offered with a "variety of storage options", to be selected by the vendor. Laptops from Dell, HP, Samsung, Lenovo, etc are EVO-certified. Both will run Iris Xe graphics, feature 15.6-inch touchscreens and run Windows 10 out-of-the-box.

In phrases of design, the laptop computer comes with an aluminum unibody that's 14.9mm thick and weighs 1.65 kg.

Intel points out that a 73 Wh battery can provide up to 16 hours of laptop operation on a single charge. The laptop also supports fast charging and is claimed to give a four-hour video playback with 30 minutes of charging. The laptop will also wake in just under a second, according to Intel's video. Intel additionally says the PCs will incorporate unbelievable speakers for the best purchaser experience when watching motion pictures. Rather this is a whitebook for local PC companies to bring a high quality laptop to the market under their brand.

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