Intel is expanding its next line of Computing Systems (NUCs) with the latest reference design for laptops. Its partners will be able to sell NUC M15s under their own brands and configuration specifications.
This laptop kit could offer established brands another way to compete with major and well-known brands, such as Dell and HP.
Although pricing depends on Intel partners, Intel told The Verge that the M15 will likely sell for between $ 1,000 and $ 1,500, depending on specs.
It should be available early next year. The M15 laptop includes an 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7 processor with an integrated Iris Xe graphics card and a standard 15.6-inch IPS or 1080p resolution touch screen.
You can opt for 8GB or 16GB of RAM, but you won’t be able to upgrade the amount of RAM later on. Intel says the battery should provide up to 16 hours of use on a single charge.
The M15 incorporates two Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 Type-C ports (both can be used for charging), two 10Gbps USB-A ports, an HDMI port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
There is no SD card reader. M15 laptop with a design created by Intel and at a price of 100-1500 dollars weighs 1.65 kilograms and has a thickness of 1.5 cm. The system also includes specs like an LED light bar that lights up when using Windows Alexa – the M15 has four microphones that can detect speech.
The laptop’s camera is compatible with Windows Hello and can use facial recognition for authentication. The NUC range is mainly known for mini desktop computers.
However, the M15 is not the first portable design that Intel has produced under the auspices of the NUC and delivered to unprotected brands. In 2019 it launched the MAG-15 handheld game.