Intel’s NUC M15 high-performance laptop will provide new impetus to smaller brands to replace Dell and HP. It is part of Intel’s “Next Generation Computing Unit” or NUC series (pronounced “Knuck”), which has so far focused on miniature desktops, especially compact game consoles. NUC M15, code-named “Bishop Country”, is a customizable basic unit or laptop kit that can be retrofitted with different storage options. Intel does not sell its NUC product line directly to consumers, but partners with brands that customize and sell these products under its own name.
Intel NUC M15 specifications
Intel NUC M15 is a 15.6-inch laptop, weighing less than 1.7 kg. It has a 14.9 mm (0.59 inch) thick CNC anodized aluminum chassis and is available in two color options: shaded gray and black. The NUC M15 is built to support Intel’s new 10-nanometer, 11th-generation Tiger Lake processor. The options are between Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7 quad-core processors. The laptop will also use Intel’s new Iris Xe integrated graphics announced last month.
Intel claims that the NUC M15’s 73 Whr battery can play up to 16 hours of video when fully charged. The laptop also supports fast charging, and claims to be able to play 4 hours of video on a 30-minute charge. The laptop is also equipped with Wi-Fi 6.
Intel said that the new laptop is built on the products of its Athena project. The company said the plan will focus on fine-tuning the performance and experience of ultra-portable notebook computers. Although NUC M15 does not belong to the category of ultra-portable products, Intel said that NUC M15 can get the Intel “Evo” brand-launched by Intel earlier this year for advanced ultra-portable products that have been extensively tested and verified during the design phase. It depends on the final customization contained in the brand that sells it.
Intel NUC M15 price and availability
Intel did not mention which brands will sell customized products based on NUC M15’Bishop County’, but it has stated that notebook computers will be available in January 2021. The final price of the product will depend on its configuration and product pricing. According to the pricing strategy of brands that customize and sell laptops, Intel said that it expects the price of NUC M15-based laptops to be between US$999 and US$1,499.
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