The System76 Pangolin is a lightweight Linux laptop with and AMD Ryzen processor and a big screen that first debuted in 2021. Since then, System76 has update the laptop a few times bringing improvements like faster processors and better displays.

Now the company has launched a new version that increases the screen size from 15.6 inches to 16.1 inches and replaced the Ryzen 7 6800U processor from last year’s model with a Ryzen 7 7840U chip with improved CPU and graphics performance. But the new laptop still manages to weigh less than 4 pounds. The new Pangolin laptop is available from System76 for $1299 and up. 

The notebook is reasonably compact for a system with such a large display, measuring 371 x 248 x 18mm (14.6″ x 9.8″ x 0.7″) and weighing 1.79 kg (3.95 pounds).

Under the hood it pairs AMD’s Ryzen 7 7840U chip with 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory (soldered to the mainboard) and two M.2 slots for up to a total of 16TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage.

One feature that’s been downgraded from last year’s version? Instead of a 144 Hz display, the System76 Pangolin (2024) has a 60 Hz screen. But it’s still a 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display.

Other features include a 70 Wh battery, 720p webcam, stereo speakers, and a set of ports that includes:

  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (with DisplayPort Alt 1.4 Mode)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x SD card reader

The laptop supports WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 and ships with choice of Ubuntu or Pop!_OS Linux.

System76 also plans to launch a new version of its Darter Pro thin & light laptop soon, with a 14th-gen Intel processor.

via System76 Blog

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    1. I kind of see something like a raspberry pi keyboard computer (or phablet/tablet) + glasses display as being the future replacement for laptops and secondary displays as a whole. I know the technology is currently not there being either too bulky like Apple’s scuba goggles or poor display quality for the lighter form factors. The trend towards laptops with detachable keyboards in big company laptops sort of supports the hypothetical theory.

    2. I agree.
      Although I’m still a fan of this company, they should do better.

      For 2020 and on-wards, 2160p should be what is expected on devices with screens that are larger than 9 inches. Sure a 720p screen might be okay for a Mini Phone, and if having WRGB screen then 1080p looks good on a Large Phone. But if using PenTile Arrangement or larger screen sizes like that for Tablets this needs to increase by +30% to +50% pixels in each direction. So anywhere from a 1300p to a 1900p depending on other factors.

      For Large TVs well 2160p should be standard because the extra size is negated by longer viewing distance. Maybe for the luxury end they can target 5760 x 3240 x 120fps. For Desktop PCs you sit very closely to a Monitor, ideally you should have a primary display that is small and dense, and a secondary display that is large and fast. For example, a 27inch vertical mounted 9:16 monitor with 2160p / 60Hz / Bright and Accurate. Then a horizontal mounted 42inch 21:9 monitor with 1200p / 240Hz / Less Accurate display. Then use the accurate monitor for certain tasks, and the other monitor for other tasks, or take this idea and build upon it.

      1. You may think me a simpleton with low expectations who will simply look poor if he ever shows someone else his laptop, but I think 1920x1080p is perfectly adequate for a 13″ or smaller laptop screen. For now. We’ll have to see how badly Microsoft screws up the Windows 12 UI. At 16 inches it’s marginal, but 2560x1440p would be fine.
        Framerate feels like it’s where normal people looking over your shoulder will (subconsciously) notice the difference, so I’d prefer 1080p/120hz to 1440p/60hz.

        a ≤24 inch monitor can be 1080p for desktop use just because it’s father away, and because it’s not the device you take into public so it doesn’t affect people’s perception of you, and because you can get a bunch of cheap monitors instead of one big one although that’s more for office work than playing games where I’d want to throw my money at the framerate instead. And even for desktops, I don’t think it’s worth going to 4k until the screen is up to >34″.

        When it comes to tablets I do know that it can be bothersome to see the same phone UI elements being blurrier or grainier than they are on your phone, and people hold them right up in their faces sometimes, so I dunno, maybe, but I think tablets are a pure luxury item no one really needs unless they’re too unwilling to learn how to handle a desktop OS and I don’t use one.

        As for phones, well, it just seems far more important to your social status to have an iPhone or at least a really good camera, and more important to privacy to allow custom ROMs with VoLTE working, to the point that it’s not worth paying attention to anything else the phone has.

        These are just my opinions, and I think consumers should be free to form their own opinions on stuff like this without judgement from others. Judgement can be reserved for things that are actually problems.

  1. I know that it will be easy eventually to switch from the Pop Gnome session to Pop Cosmic DE in the future.. but I’m still curious as to which model will be the first ’76 laptop that will actually SHIP with the Pop Cosmic desktop as default?