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The upcoming Chuwi GemiBook xPro is a laptop with a 14.1 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD display, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2
It’s also the first notebook from Chinese PC maker Chuwi to feature an Intel Alder Lake-N processor. First announced in February, the Chuwi GemiBook xPro is now available from AliExpress for $269.
Intel’s Alder Lake-N processors are low-cost, low-power chips designed to bring better CPU and graphics performance to entry-level laptops and mini PCs. They’re the successor to the previous-gen Intel Atom-based chips like the company’s Jasper Lake, Gemini Lake, and Apollo Lake processors that were sold under Celeron and Pentium Silver branding.
Basically Alder Lake-N processors are what you get if you take a 12th-gen Intel Alder Lake-U series chip and strip away the Performance cores, leaving just the Efficiency cores.
The Chuwi GemiBook xPro will be powered by an Intel Processor N100, which is a 6-watt, 4-core, 4-thread chip with support for CPU speeds up to 3.4 GHz and 750 MHz Intel UHD graphics with 24 execution units.
The laptop itself is a reasonably compact computer that measures less than 20mm (0.8 inches) thick and weighs about 3.2 pounds (1.4kg). It has a 180-degree hinge and a set of ports that includes:
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
- 1 x microSD card reader
- 1 x power jack
As a budget laptop, the notebook does have some shortcomings. The IPS LCD display only supports up to 280 nits brightness. The microSD card reader only supports cards up to 128GB. While the LPDDR5-4800 memory should be pretty speedy, the M.2 2280 SSD included with the laptop only supports speeds up to 500MB/s. And it’s a good thing the laptop’s 6-watt processor isn’t very power hungry, because the notebook has a pretty small 38 Wh battery.
The product description is a little inconsistent in places, so it’s unclear whether the notebook has a 1MP or 2MP front-facing camera and whether it supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 or WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2.
This article was first published February 21, 2023 and most recently updated March 21, 2023 with pricing availability, and additional details about the hardware.