Huawei: an ARM Processor will Equip its Next Laptop

Last Updated: December 28, 2020

Huawei is working on a laptop computer equipped with a Kirin SoC and therefore based on ARM technology. An approach which is reminiscent of what Microsoft and Apple recently did by integrating the ARM architecture into their computers.

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When it comes to processors, Huawei has always trusted Intel for its laptops, and more recently AMD. But the Chinese giant should soon offer another alternative to its users, since the technical sheet of a PC running using a Kirin SoC has been spotted. This is the same type of processor that equips the Android smartphones from Huawei and Honor.

However, this laptop PC is not the first to be based on ARM technology. Before it, there are in particular the Surface Pro X from Microsoft, or the recent MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini from Apple. Of course, all these decisions are not good news for either Intel or AMD.

Huawei will soon offer its first laptop under ARM

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Like Apple and Microsoft therefore, Huawei is in turn interested in the ARM architecture to equip its PCs. A leak from a Weibo user reveals the data sheet of a computer named Qingyun L410. The main particularity of this PC? It pulsates using a Kirin 990, an SoC found in particular on the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro +.

Clearly, and unlike other computers of the brand, Windows 10 is absent from the machine. The laptop runs on the “Deepin OS 20” Linux distribution, but it looks like a migration to HarmonyOS is possible in the future. The Qingyun L410 is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD for storage.

As for the display, it is 14″ and offers a maximum definition of 1080p. Also, logically, the Kirin 990 should bring 5G connectivity to Huawei’s laptop. If the price of the device has not yet been announced, since Huawei has not even formalized its existence yet, a price lower than that of the MateBook 14 is envisaged.

In fact, this is not the first Huawei PC equipped with an ARM processor. Last November, we have seen a desktop PC called MateStation B515 and equipped with a custom HiSilicon ARM Kunpeng 920 3211K processor. Are PC manufacturers dropping the classic x86 / x64 architecture in favor of ARM? It is still a little early to sound the death knell. One thing is for sure, the two US giants, Intel and AMD, are definitely worried about this matter.

 

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