System76, in typical AMD lock-step fashion, is announcing their launch of an AMD “Ryzen” APU laptop – WRITE IT IN RED:

Are you seeing red? We’re rolling out the red carpet for the Pangolin, which is sporting components from team red. AMD Ryzen CPUs team up with AMD Radeon integrated graphics to bring you the full team red experience inside a light, fast everyday laptop. No bull.

Er…OK.

‘N BTW, its their “First AMD-Only” laptop – System76 to Launch Their First AMD-Only “Pangolin” Linux Laptop:

System76 is teasing today the upcoming launch of the AMD-only “Pangolin” Linux laptop powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 series of processors and featuring integrated AMD Radeon graphics. The “Pangolin” would be System76’s second AMD-powered Linux laptop after the Serval WS, but this one also features integrated AMD Radeon graphics as the Serval WS came with Nvidia graphics.

At only 3.64 lbs (1.65kg), the Pangolin aims to be an ultra portable Linux laptop, and what’s more important is its price, which starts at only $849 USD, making it quite accessible to the masses.

Price of $849 looks pretty reasonable for their starting price, tho I’m not big on laptops or AMD products; however, plenty of people like laptops. My $277 Acer Aspire laptop (AKA ‘Ace the Laptop‘) has a small AMD A9-9420 APU in it, and its integrated graphics can get buggy at times, I think (?!). Also, I originally had an AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G APU in the ‘Apevia‘ computer and many Linux Distros had problems with it. Maybe it was too new or maybe it was the AMD Radeon graphics…I dunno, but it was problematic in testing Linux Distros.

System76 seems to mainly build workstations, which Ryzen’s supposedly works well on, but I haven’t been impressed with the Ryzen™ 9 3900X ‘Desktop Duty‘ performance…it’s OK, but the Intel  i9 9900 in ‘Antec Jr.‘ is a *LOT* better at ‘Desktop Duty‘. System76 also installs their own Pop!_OS 20.10 (64-bit) or Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), and offers to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit) instead (if you want). Still, a Linux laptop for less than a $1,000 from a reputable company like System76 is a good deal, IMHO. Also, I have found Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS to be an excellent Linux OS, so if you’re wanting a reliable Linux laptop this might be an offer for you.

Tech Specs

  • Operating System Pop!_OS 20.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
  • Processor AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U: 2.3 up to 4.0 GHz – 6 Cores – 6 Threads or AMD Ryzen™ 7 4700U: 2.0 up to 4.1 GHz – 8 Cores – 8 Threads
  • Display 15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish
  • Graphics AMD Radeon™ Graphics
  • Memory Up to 64 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz
  • Storage 1 x M.2 SSD. Up to 8TB total.
  • Expansion 1× USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2× USB 2.0 Type-A, MicroSD Card Reader
  • Input Multitouch Clickpad, Multi-Color Backlit US QWERTY Keyboard
  • Networking Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5
  • Video Ports HDMI(w/HDCP)
  • Audio Stereo Speakers, 1× Headphone/Microphone Combo
  • Camera 1.0M 720p HD Webcam
  • Security Kensington® Lock
  • Battery Li-Ion – 49 Wh
  • Charger 65 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
  • Dimensions 14.19″ × 9.42″ × 0.78″ (36.0 × 23.9 × 1.99 cm)
  • Weight 3.64 lbs (1.65kg)
  • Model pang10

Oh, they’re calling it the “Pangolin” … scaly anteaters?! They suggest you get on their “GET NOTIFIED” list, so it is not out yet. Here’s a pic of some AMD APU stats: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Ryzen 5 4500U Review 

As a desktop computer user, those look pretty ‘Dinky‘ compared to the AMD Ryzen™ 9 3900X’s  12 cores w/ 24 threads clocking in @ 3.8GHz w/ a boost up to 4.4GHz in my ‘Apevia‘ computer, tho it needs a dedicated graphics card…I have a GeForce GTX 1660 w/ it.

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