Add Asus to the scrum of tech companies teasing new products and hardware ahead of the tech industry's big showcase and confab that kicks off in Las Vegas in just a few days via the arrival of CES 2019. The lowest-end Ryzen 3300U chip is based on 12nm process and has 2.6/2.6GHz bass/boost frequency, 3 GPU cores, and up to 1,200MHz GPU frequency. In testing AMD says it "can edit media up to 29 per cent faster than the Intel Core i7-8550U". Specifications-wise, it's identical while battery life is promised 11 hours on a single charge. Expect to see more of them to be rolled out into the market throughout the year.
Meanwhile, Acer's Chromebook 315 is also the first Chromebook to use AMD's chips.
In a rather interesting move by AMD, the company today has announced that it is entering the Chromebook market.
AMD has been doing quite well in Chromebooks with some partner announcements at CES such as the HP Chromebook 14 AMD and the Acer Chromebook 315
Previously there have been user complaints about the rate of updates of graphics drivers for AMD mobile processors. Unlike the Ryzens, the A-Series processors it will come with Radeon R4 and R5 series graphics instead of Radeon Vega Graphics for its integrated graphics. Both parts have a 6W thermal design profile (TDP), and are targeting Intel's Pentium N4200 and Celeron N3350. Furthermore it almost 75 per cent faster in office productivity, up to 42 per cent faster at photo editing, and up to 43 per cent faster at web gaming than those Intel alternatives, according to AMD's internal testing. This will be a set standard across all of AMD's upcoming Chromebooks.
It is possible that AMD is saving the news for its CEO's keynote on Wednesday.
When many were expecting CES 2019 to mark the launch of AMD's first 7nm Ryzen chips and Vega 2 graphics cards, Team Red has instead kicked off the show with the somewhat tiresome announcement of new 12nm Zen+ Ryzen 3000 mobile processors.