Dell, Lenovo, and HP all used the Consumer Electronics Show as an opportunity to show off their latest laptop designs. But they weren’t the only companies showing new laptops.

Many Chinese manufacturers also brought their latest designs to the show… and to be honest, a lot of them looked quite familiar. One company was displaying a “Yogo” laptop with a design that was clearly inspired by the Lenovo Yoga line of products.

And several companies had thin and light laptops powered by Intel Apollo Lake processors. I saw virtually identical designs from several companies, right down to the fingerprint readers embedded in the touch pad. But let’s take a look at the lineup from just one company.

China Great Wall Computer was showing off several models, including laptops with 12.5 inch and 13.3 inch displays, and one with a convertible design that allows you to use the notebook in tablet mode.

Over the past year or two, Chinese manufactures have released a lot of tablets sporting Intel Atom Cherry Trail processors. These new models with Apollo Lake chips should offer improved CPU and battery performance. And theoretically the chips can handle up to 8GB of RAM, although Great Wall says most of its computers will only be available with up to 4GB.

For example, the GW134-C is a Windows 10 notebook with a 13.3 inch, 120 x 1080 pixel display, a Celeron N3450 quad-core processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of eMMC storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a USB Type-C ports.

There’s also a GW133A-C model that has similar specs, but it features a Celeron N3350 dual-core CPU instead of a quad-core chip.

The HW116A-Y has a Celeron N3350 chip, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 360 degree hinge that lets you use the system in tablet mode.

And the GW123A-C is a 12.5 inch model with a full HD screen, a 4,500 mAh battery, and similar features to the other models.

I could have stopped by any number of booths and found similar laptops, but I recognized Great Wall as a company I’ve covered a few times in the past. The point, though, is that Apollo Lake laptops are coming soon from Chinese device makers, and we’ll probably start to see models from more recognizable companies in the not too distant future.

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7 replies on “Great Wall’s Apollo Lake laptops (CES 2017)”

  1. Again, China shows the best of the prototype but no doubt that the products are taking off a good height but The great wall is still striving in the Industry of laptops.

  2. Man I hate this Apollo Lake crap it’s so slow totally unacceptable in 2017

  3. Why do manufacturers like Dell ask $1000 for 12.1 to 13.3 inch laptops, yet 15 inch laptops are selling for $300? For $1000, a MacBook Air is the ONLY choice for me. Maybe Great Wall will offer an AFFORDABLE 12.1-13.3 inch laptop for under $600 that I might actually buy.

    1. You can’t expect from these laptops the same quality that Dell will offer you, and definitely not the same level of support. While the $1000 does include a nice premium for the Dell logo, you have also to consider other factors, that more or less justify a high price. And not all Dell laptops cost $1000. A friend of mine bought last month a brand new 15,6” Dell with (real)quad core i7, GTX 960 and 256 SSD, for $700 from Amazon.

    2. Because they’re more powerful than apple’s netbook – some people can afford to pay more for quality. You can get 13″ or smaller laptops at a range of prices though.

    3. There are other specs that justify the price. If you’re just looking at screen size and price tag then yes I guess it’s hard to justify, however there’s so much more like storage speed, storage capacity, RAM speed, RAM capacity, CPU performance, battery life, display quality, chassis quality, input devices quality, connectivity, support… and I think that’s it. 300 dollar laptops fall down on pretty much every point there, all they have going for them is they’re cheap and they function.

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