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Chuwi Lapbook Pro – Full Details Emerge But 4GB of RAM Again?

Chuwi Lapbook Pro – Full Details Emerge But 4GB of RAM Again?

Now I’m not sure if this is the final spec of the Chuwi Lapbook Pro, a laptop that should have been released some time ago already. It’s very similar to the Chuwi Lapbook SE, the same specs with the same weakness, only 4GB of RAM. I was hoping there was an 8GB RAM release coming of this one. Maybe that’s not happening now as this official placeholder with all of the press info complete shows us 4GB DDR4. At least we have Tecalst to the rescue with 8GB of RAM 14″ & 15.6″ Gemini Lake models.

Apparently, the issue is Windows 10 licensing for 8GB is much more than 4GB. A massive $40 USD cost more per unit. Now if Chuwi is reading this, why not just release it without an OS or put Linux on it and later people could install Windows 10 if they wanted it? Better yet, use SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM slots like the Xiaomai 6A, ship it with one 4GB stick installed but allow users to add another 4GB if needed? Problem solved?

On the plus side, this laptop has Type-C USB 3.1 data and charging the other Gemini Lake models lack. And slim bezels with a claimed 90% screen to body ratio, but I’m sure in real life they are double the size of these photoshopped images.

Chuwi Lapbook Pro Specs:

  • 14.1″ 1920 x 1080p fully laminated IPS
  • Intel Celeron N4100 Quad-core 2.4Ghz max
  • 64GB eMMC 5.1 + 2280 SATA3 SSD slot
  • 4GB DDR4 2133Mhz
  • 1.43 kilos, metal body & lid build
  • Intel Wireless AC 3165, BT 4.1
  • 37Wh battery (8 hours web use)
  • USB 3.1 Type-C, Type-C fast charging
  • USB 3.0 Type-A
  • MicroSD reader slot

Anyway here is all the info on the Chuwi Lapbook Pro:

Thank you MathOV for the tip. Source: Chuwi

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27 Comments

  1. OT
    what about the Surface like 2in1 that Chuwi spoilered us about a couple months ago?

    • here is the answer fro Chuwi Espana official Facebook account

  2. “Apparently, the issue is Windows 10 licensing for 8GB is much more than 4GB. A massive $40 USD cost more per unit. Now if Chuwi is reading this, why not just release it without an OS or put Linux on it and later people could install Windows 10 if they wanted it? Better yet, use SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM slots like the Xiaomai 6A, ship it with one 4GB stick installed but allow users to add another 4GB if needed? Problem solved?”

    Your ideas are well founded.

    Problem is M$ tends to be a “Mafia” like entity with secretive, gag clauses/contracts and what have you. Try to find non-M$ laptops in Europe – only a few, often with artificial hardware restrictions in Bios/components.

    PS: No, I’m not a M$ hater. Just my honest opinion 🙂

    • actually the cheap licensing requires several restrictions:
      _atom class chipset
      _max 4GB ram soldered
      _no ram expansion slot
      _all of the production from the same model must feature MS windows oem preinstalled

  3. Honestly I would never recommend nor buy a non-upgradable 4GB RAM model again. Why? This is my real world experience as I’m typing:

    1. Firefox uses easily 1-1.5GB RAM (300mb by itself, 200mb for Extensions, approx. 250mb per web content). This consumption can go up fast depending on web page.
    2. I you have dropbox running = 300mb
    3. Java oriented apps easily 500mb (jd2 starts with 300mb and grows w usage)

    4. Swapping slows down noticeably workflow even with installed SSD and relatively low impact Operating System like Linux Mint mate
    5. Overall usage on my 4GB laptop is about 2,5GB RAM (40% reserved, 60% used). At this point I have to restrict myself from not opening more programs etc., because swapping will occur. Hence closing of not currently used apps is necessary, but inconvienant (restart needed for later use)

    • Yes but the trouble is the price for 8GB, and the cheaper version uses the N4000 dual-core…

  4. A couple of weeks back I stumbled upon this while looking up the chuwi lapbook se and this video shows how exactly the lapbook pro will look. https://youtu.be/y8I_pc3HGs8

    • Thanks, I did also see what but forgot about it. The laptop wasn’ even running, such a shame. But the bezels do look slim but not as slim as the above press material. As a lapbook SE owner, I wouldn’t upgrade to this since it’s really the same, just type-c and slim bezels. But I will get one to review. Give this 8GB of RAM it would sell really well with that more modern look.

  5. 4GB ram, no dimm socket, no sale. Period.
    These days I’m specifying 16G in new laptops!

  6. Disappointing at best. I hope AllDoCube has enough funding from AllDoCube X to make a Cube Mix Plus successor with 8GB of RAM. No more 4GB in 2019, 64-bit Windows 10 already eats half of it on idle! Double to quadruple of what a Linux distro takes! A no-OS strategy should be nice to drop the price down, but I guess a lot of their customers don’t want it?

    • That’s the issue a lot of customers will not want a laptop with no OS. Your average nontech person wouldn’t know how to install Windows or Linux.

      I’m really waiting for Alldocube to give us a new Thinker i35, Core M3-8100Y, 8GB, same 13.5″ Surfacebook screen and a better backlit keyboard. A new Mix Plus would also be welcome, 8GB RAM, Surface Pro screen with N-Trig stylus support.

  7. Look at those baller bezels
    What’s the name of the SK OEM> pure curiousity

    • I had it, but now lost the name of this OEM. There was one that was South Korean originally or the design at least. They do quality base models you then configure to your companies own needs. Before then it was iLife that was the ODM for the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3, Surbook etc series and some of the 14″ laptops from Onda, Teclast etc.

  8. Hey Chris its me again… I have searched the web and found it for 319€ and it will be shipped on March 4th. It can be found on cect shop.

    • Cect-shop. Do you know this shop well? Seems like it has some great prices and I’d love to get some stuff if it’s trust worthy.

      • Cect Shop never used them before so no idea sorry.

        • Angel i don’t know because i didn’t buy anything from them, but i have one question for Chris. I have seen that there is different version of lapbook se on gearbest with only 64gb emmc but in description it says this: Largest RAM Capacity: 8GB… Does this mean that it is upgradable?

          • No, definitely not that is a page error. It’s soldered onto the motherboard. No user RAM upgrade. You need someone to specialized with the right tools to solder on a new RAM chip. And then if the bios recognises it is anotehr issue.

            • Well i have just bought f7 plus today and i hope that it does not disappoint me :).

              • Don’t think so it looks like the best so far. Like the Lapbook SE, but with a more usable 8GB of RAM. I’ll be ordering mine soon also.

    • March is a bit late. But with no signs of the new Gemini Lake successor from Intel, it’s not a massive issue. That price seems more like it.

  9. Imagine that. A quality laptop with a premium build with Linux preinstalled for a reasonable price… We could only dream.

    • Sadly seems but a dream… Normally the Linux laptops I’ve seen are last gen CPUs, plastic cheap generic builds and overpriced for what they are.

    • +1 from me! Still waiting for one of these Asian sellers to bite the bullet and release identical models with Windoze10 installed on one and Linux installed on the oither. Given the cost of Win10 licences compared to Linux licences, it looks like a bet to nothing to me, and I think the results might shock the brave seller!

  10. Hi Chris,

    The 2019 license prices for W10 will be in line with the 2018 licenses which means a price jump of around 40USD for the manufacturer when going from 4GB to 8GB according to this article :

    https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/151578/new-windows-10-consumer-sku-roadmap-revealed

    • Well there we go, this is the culprit! Thanks for the info Chuwi was trying to get across but didn’t go into specifics.

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