The first Linux machines to use AMD Ryzen 4000 processors are now coming to the market courtesy of KDE Slimbook.
Following the release of the AMD Ryzen 4000 processor, Windows hardware developers were quite quick to release a new model. On the other hand, there is a lack of Linux hardware, at least up until this point. Hardware manufacturer KDE Slimbook is the first to release a Linux laptop that uses the new Ryzen 4000 processor.
Third-generation KDE Slimbook
The new laptop will fall under the third generation of KDE Slimbook devices. The laptop packs the powerful hardware from AMD with the software extensibility of Linux. KDE Slimbook is releasing two models for this market.
KDE Slimbook will come in two screen sizes: 14-inch and 15.6-inch models. Both screens are IPS LED panels and support resolution up to 1080p. The screens support 100% sRGB range and provide up to 300 nits of brightness.
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At the heart of these machines is an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor, which has eight cores and 16 threads. The processor has a boost clock of up to 4.2GHz and a memory configuration of up to 64GB DDR4. On the storage side, the laptop packs a 2TB SSD NVMe.
The laptop chassis is built using magnesium to ensure a sturdy body. KDE Slim was able to fit everything into a chassis that measures just 20 millimeters thick. The smaller model weighs in at 1.1kg, and the larger one weighs at just 1.5kg.
Powering the 14-inch KDE Slimbook is a 47Whr battery that promises about five hours of “real world” usage. This is a relatively small capacity for a premium laptop that packs a high-end processor. On the other hand, the 15.6-inch model packs a massive 92Whr battery pack.
The software side
The new KDE Slimbook laptops are more than capable in the hardware aspect considering the AMD Ryzen 4000 processors. However, it is on the software side that the laptops truly shine. Linux is well-known for its extensibility, and the new Slimbooks are not an exception.
The two laptops are preloaded with a KDE Neon distro. Those who are familiar with the KDE desktop environment should feel right at home. Users who are more inclined to other Linux desktop environments can also reconfigure their machines.
Considering the powerful AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, the laptops come at quite a premium. The base 14-inch model costs €899, while the base 16-inch model starts at €929.
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