What you need to know
- AMD launched two new budget laptop processors today.
- One of the chips is debuting in two new Lenovo education laptops.
- The Lenovo laptops are expected to launch in September, starting at $219.
AMD has caught a lot of attention for its high-end desktop chips and Ryzen mobile processors lately, but it's still competing in the entry-level range as well. The company debuted two new budget processors today, one of which happens to be launching in two upcoming Lenovo laptops for education.
The new chips are named the AMD 3015e and 3020e, and they're meant to compete with Intel's Celeron processors at the low end. Both processors are built on AMD's "Zen" core architecture and include integrated Radeon graphics. The 3015e packs two cores and four threads, a 6W TDP, and a max boost clock of 2.3GHz. The 3020e, meanwhile, includes two cores and two threads with the same 6W TDP and a slightly higher boost clock of 2.6GHz.
The first laptops to see these chips come as the Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen and 300e 2nd Gen (opens in new tab), both of which come with the AMD 3015e. Both laptops come with Wi-Fi 6 on board and reinforced ports and hinges with "mechanically anchored keyboards" for extra durability. The 300e 2nd Gen separates itself by using the Yoga form factor for a 360-degree rotating screen, and adds pencil touch with an optional garaged pen.
The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen and 300e 2nd Gen are expected to launch in September starting at $219 and $299, respectively.
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Hey, if AMD can make this CPU for these devices, who's to say it can't be used in a future Surface Go product?
AMD Pollock in the Surface Go 3: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Leak-suggests-that-Microsoft-is-working-on...
These are not ideal CPUs because they are Zen 1 instead of Zen 2 and therefore would be worse than the M3, however they would be better than the pentium.
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