The Cool Pi ARM Notebook is a laptop computer with a 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, support for up to 32GB of RAM and 256GB of eMMC storage, and a $455 starting price for an 8GB/64GB model.
It’s also rather unusual in a few ways: it runs Android 12 or Ubuntu Linux rather than Windows. It’s powered by an ARM-based Rockchip RK3588 processor rather than an Intel or AMD chip. And that processor is part of a compute module that could theoretically be removed and replaced… although it’s unclear if there will ever be any upgrade options in the future.
At the heart of the laptop is a Cool Pi CM5 module with Rockchip’s processor featuring:
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores @ 2.2 GHz
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz
- Mali-G610 MP4 GPU
- NPU with up to 6 TOPS AI performance
The Cool Pi CM5 is also available for purchase for $218 and up (bundled with a carrier board) if you’d prefer a mini-desktop form-factor. But customers who opt for the laptop will get a complete computer that includes a display, keyboard, trackpad, speakers, and battery, among other things.
The notebook also has an M.2 2280 slot for an optional SSD, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, and a set of ports that includes:
- 1 x HDMI 2.1
- 1 x USB Type-C (w/DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode)
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1 x 4.5mm audio
- 1 x DC power input
Cool Pi’s laptop has 2MP webcam, stereo 1W speakers, a 38 Wh battery, and a power input with support for a 12V/2A DC power supply. Cool Pi says the battery should provide up to 7 hours of run time while watching videos. Expect somewhat less for more demanding tasks.
The laptop has a metal shell, but the exterior is covered in plastic, and the Cool Pi ARM Notebook measures 323 x 210 x 20mm (12.7″ x 8.3″ x 0.8″) and weighs 1.46 kg (3.2 pounds).