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TUXEDO announce the InfinityBook S 14 with Intel Tiger Lake and Intel Xe

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Linux hardware vendor TUXEDO are jumping in with Intel with a brand new lightweight laptop the InfinityBook S 14.

Their latest in a long line of Linux hardware, the sixth generation InfinityBook S 14 builds directly on the "great success" they saw with the previous iteration of the model. Coming with the Tiger Lake, the TUXEDO InfinityBook s 14 comes with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 giving you four cores and eight threads backed up by Intel's new Xe graphics platform, which should give you good performance and reasonably low power consumption. TUXEDO claim "up to" 41% better performance than the previous InfinityBook model.

Specifications:

Screen Full-HD IPS-Panel, 1920 x 1080, matt/anti-reflective/non-glare
Processor

Intel Core i7-1165G7 (max. 4.7GHz Quad-Core, 4 cores /8 threads, 12MB Cache, 15W TDP)

GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
RAM DDR4 3200 MHz SoDIMM
8GB standard, up to 40GB
Storage 250 GB Kingston (NVMe PCIe) as standard
Up to 2TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus (NVMe PCIe)
Ports 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen1
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen2
1x Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C 4.0 Gen3x2 (DisplayPort 1.4b, Power Delivery DC-In*)
1x HDMI 2.0b (with HDCP)
1x 2-in-1 audio (headphone + mic)
1x microSD card reader
1x SIM-card reader 1x DC-IN/power connection (also via USB-C*)

According to the specifications, it comes with a 73 Wh battery which TUXEDO claim will give you around 14 hours of life while "video streaming" with up to 24 hours idle time. Playing games would bring that down of course but you would still get quite a lot of hours on a single charge. It's also pretty small at 16.8mm flat and weighing about 1.1kg.

One day soon, I really hope hardware vendors stop shipping with 8GB RAM as a their minimum because so much now just eats ram like it's candy you don't get a lot done with it unless you're willing to really watch everything you use. Apart from that, it seems like a nice unit.

It comes as standard with TUXEDO_OS 20.04 LTS 64Bit, which is their own branded version of Ubuntu with a few tweaks for their hardware. You can swap that for standard Ubuntu 20.04 and openSUSE 15.2 too if you prefer. Additionally, they say you can disable the Intel Management Engine (IntelME), Webcam, Microphone, WLAN and Bluetooth if you need to at the BIOS level for extra security.

Starting price €1,146.50 and it's available to order now. Find out more here.

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9 comments

whizse 21 Nov
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QuoteOne day soon, I really hope hardware vendors stop shipping with 8GB RAM as a their minimum because so much now just eats ram like it's candy you don't get a lot done with it unless you're willing to really watch everything you use. Apart from that, it seems like a nice unit.
Oh dear yes!

The laptop I'm looking to replace shipped with 8GB of RAM. Nine years ago...
WJMazepas 21 Nov
Honestly 8GB of RAM is not that bad. Actually, it's enough for web browsing, zoom and etc so for most people would be fine.

I'm still impressed with those 4GB laptops with Windows 10. Windows alone eats 2GB of RAM so the user can only open some tabs in Chrome before the performance suffers
3zekiel 21 Nov
Quoting: whizse
QuoteOne day soon, I really hope hardware vendors stop shipping with 8GB RAM as a their minimum because so much now just eats ram like it's candy you don't get a lot done with it unless you're willing to really watch everything you use. Apart from that, it seems like a nice unit.
Oh dear yes!

The laptop I'm looking to replace shipped with 8GB of RAM. Nine years ago...

The worst here is that it only supports dual channel up to 16GB due to solder .... When you know the main point of Xe is graphic performance, which is bound by memory bandwidth, now that's a bad move. At the very least they should not have soldered. And adding support for faster ram like dell&co would have been golden.

QuoteHonestly 8GB of RAM is not that bad. Actually, it's enough for web browsing, zoom and etc so for most people would be fine.

With google meet + a few tabs in Firefox, I used to get out of ram and crash with 8GB on my laptop. 8GB is okay if you have dedicated graphics I guess, but with an iGPU eating at your ram too, that's not nearly enough anymore. Not to count that if you want to keep your laptop a few years (I certainly do), then even the 16GB max on dual channel might end up feeling really limited, forcing you to give up on dual channel.
8GB is not bad at all, I still do a lot of gaming on a system with this amount. Some titles do use the swap file by a few megs but nothing serious.

What is horrible to see though is that single ram slot on a 1k euro laptop. If I was in the market for a laptop, this certainly wouldn't be it.

The hinge design in the pic doesn't look too bad, and it's easy enough to loosen those hinges should it become tough to open and risking damaging it.
Ananace 21 Nov
I'm personally really interested in this new design that has 8GB soldered directly and a single SO-DIMM slot.
Sure, you can't get it up to as high max memory as with two slots, but 40GB should still be easily done. (8GB soldered, 1x 32GB loose)

I wonder how much additional performance Intel can squeeze out with a low-latency memory chip available next to the APU.
Izaic 22 Nov
To the people complaining about 8GBs of ram not being enough, this is a classic example of Wirths law in action. There is absolutely no reason for 8GBs of ram not being enough for casual use of a computer. Even 4GBs should be enough for light workloads.
3zekiel 22 Nov
Quoting: IzaicTo the people complaining about 8GBs of ram not being enough, this is a classic example of Wirths law in action. There is absolutely no reason for 8GBs of ram not being enough for casual use of a computer. Even 4GBs should be enough for light workloads.

While I agree that you migt get away with 8GB of ram for casual use, here we have a 1100+ € laptop, so nothing casual - this is an enthusiast laptop. Of course, if it was half the price, no one would complain. And the fact that a slot is soldered is a real bummer (in the product notes, it is clearly written that due to that, dual channel is stuck at 16GB).

As for Wirths law, I bought my laptop with 8GB of ram at least 7 years ago, when the common resolution for small laptops was 768p. Now full hd is ubiquitous, entry level CPUs are way more powerful than my old i7, and websites (in particular netflix &co) are way more ram hungry.
Covid is also making that worst, for me I began trying to do conferences on this laptop at first, but no way, google meet + mailer + an ssh connection and one or two tabs resulted in out of memory crash, pushing me to just use my tower and give up on working on sofa (might have saved my back though ). As such, we are not talking sw becoming too bloated, but just the "casual use" expending vastly, making casual use much less lightweight by nature. And with remote work becoming the rule, that's not going away either.

As such, I agree with Liam that at least for mid high end+ laptops, 16GB should be the minimum, and really, even for lower end laptops. Because nowadays, it is increasingly easy to eat those 8GBs raw, and if you keep your laptop a few years, these cases will only get more and more common. In fact, for me the solder part and thus 16GB only dual channel is pretty much a dealbreaker, as it artificially reduces lifespan of the laptop. The day where 16GB is too little is not that far in my opinion, and then, you have to either sacrifice perf by putting a larger stick (Xe graphics is bandwidth hungry, without much surprise), or give up on some use cases / degrade your experience by shutting down on parallelism etc etc
Milanium 27 Nov
I bought a TUXEDO Book XP1610 and have really bad experience with built quality (the keyboard keys losen on press, not okay for a 2k€ notebook) and Linux support. NVIDIA drivers in their repositories were always outdated and external monitor breaks on every update. Their support was also not helpful at all: they only tell you to reformat your system and downgrade distribution when problems arise. Is the Infinity series any better? Otherwise, my next laptop will most likely be Lenovo Thinkpad again.
3zekiel 6 days ago
Quoting: MilaniumI bought a TUXEDO Book XP1610 and have really bad experience with built quality (the keyboard keys losen on press, not okay for a 2k€ notebook) and Linux support. NVIDIA drivers in their repositories were always outdated and external monitor breaks on every update. Their support was also not helpful at all: they only tell you to reformat your system and downgrade distribution when problems arise. Is the Infinity series any better? Otherwise, my next laptop will most likely be Lenovo Thinkpad again.
Quoting: MilaniumI bought a TUXEDO Book XP1610 and have really bad experience with built quality (the keyboard keys losen on press, not okay for a 2k€ notebook) and Linux support. NVIDIA drivers in their repositories were always outdated and external monitor breaks on every update. Their support was also not helpful at all: they only tell you to reformat your system and downgrade distribution when problems arise. Is the Infinity series any better? Otherwise, my next laptop will most likely be Lenovo Thinkpad again.

At work, we have a few Gen5 infinity book, and so far so good. not too much flex, battery last very long, screen is good. Keyboard has a good feel too.
I'm personally just disappointed by the soldered ram stick (still one free slot). I'm still thinking of what to get as my next laptop. I will see if if they have a 15" with lightweight magnesium housing and not soldered ram. If so, might jump on it.
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