Power, style and what looks like a pretty good price too. KDE and Slimbook team up to announce the KDE Slimbook, powered by a beefy AMD Ryzen processor. They're not the first to announce a Linux laptop with a newer AMD Ryzen processor though, as we only just had TUXEDO announce their Pulse 15 too.
This isn't actually a brand new initiative either, KDE and Slimbook have actually been good partners for a few years now. This is the third generation, so hopefully together they've been able to craft something special and it certainly looks that way. If you're in the market for a new laptop with Linux, this could be what you need.
It's interesting to see multiple vendors announce AMD Ryzen lately. Not a surprise though, as historically you had to go Intel if you wanted the best performance but AMD have truly had a resurgence thanks to the Zen architecture and they're proving to be popular with all types of computing needs from compiling to gaming and more. The AMD Ryzen 4800H chip in the new KDE Slimbook III is certainly no slouch, in fact it's actually a pretty powerful CPU.
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 4800H
8 CPU cores
7 GPU cores
|Screen size / Model||15.6" IPS FullHD display or 14" IPS FullHD display
|Storage||SSD m.2 2280, NVME
Up to 2Tb SSD storage
250GB base config
|RAM||Up to 64Gb RAM (8 base config, 16, 32, 64 available)
3200 MHz RAM
Has 2 sockets, supports dual channel
|Battery||47‑watt‑hour battery for 14"
92.6‑watt‑hour battery for 15.6"
|Ports||3 USB slots
1 USB-C slot
Intel Wifi 6 AX200 (max speed 2.4Gbps)
|OS Choices||Ubuntu, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, Ubuntu MATE, Manjaro, Linux Mint and more|
€899 for 14"
€929 for 15.6"
Available to order now with shipping expected after 2-3 weeks assembly time, Slimbook appear to ship worldwide. You can also configure it with a few different keyboards including English UK, English US, Spanish, French and German. You can find the official announcement over on the KDE news post.
In related news Slimbook's other line, the PRO X is also getting AMD Ryzen so you're getting even more choice. Check out the Slimbook store if you're interested.
Over the last few years, we've definitely seen a small surge in the amount of vendors coming along to do Linux. We have System76, TUXEDO, Entroware, Laptop With Linux, Purism, Slimbook and more. We even have Lenovo adding Ubuntu to a bunch of theirs too. Great to see.