In addition to Mini PCs, the NUC family will also be extended to notebooks: Intel NUC M15 Laptop Kit is a “turnkey” reference notebook with Intel Tiger Lake, which will be sold on the market under the brand of other companies.
Intel is certainly best known for its processors but, for nearly a decade, the Santa Clara company has also offered a rich family of compact Mini PCs and desktop computers under the NUC brand that it develops, manufactures and sells directly. And the latest news concern this brand.
According to the latest information, the NUC series will soon be extended to notebooks: Intel NUC M15 is not a laptop that we can buy directly from Intel but a “white label” device – literally “without a label” – a product made by Santa Clara and then sold to third-party companies, which will be able to customize it by adding their own brand.
Intel NUC M15
In other words, companies that want to add an “Intel EVO” certified model to their notebook offer can buy Intel NUC M15 from Intel and stamp their logo on it. The first notebooks based on the NUC reference should be available from January 2021 and this will allow even small hi-tech companies to have a notebook that meets the stringent requirements of “Project Athena” 2Gen and Intel EVO with a “turnkey” device. “-
We could define the extension of Intel NUC to laptops almost natural, for two reasons: in the past Intel has already developed notebooks in collaboration with PC manufacturers and NUC stands for “Next Unit of Computing”, a name that is not explicitly linked to the Mini PC and can be extended to any device. It is certain, however, that the new NUC M15 reference device (also known by the code name “Bishop County”) could be “preparatory” for the future direct sale of Intel notebooks.
Intel NUC M15 will be equipped with a 15.6-inch display and a 73Wh battery, in a fairly compact (355 x 230 x 14.9 mm) and light (1.7Kg weight) chassis. Under the hood we will find an 11th generation Intel Core “Tiger Lake” processor of your choice between an Intel Core i7-1165G7 (model LAPBC710) or an Intel Core i5-1135G7 (model LAPBC510), both with 28W TDP, Intel Iris Xe graphics and 8 / 16GB LPDDR4x at 4266MHz dual-channel. Other features include a slot for M.2 (storage) cards, WiFi 6 (AX201), fast charging, two USB ports and two Thunderbolt 4.
Intel NUC M15 Laptop Kit brings Intel’s technical expertise to the whitebook market. This reference device provides Intel’s partner customers with an Intel EVO certified premium laptop kit, backed by a two-year warranty thanks to Intel’s back-end support.
At the moment we don’t know which will be the first companies that will adopt NUC M15, how much it will cost and when the first notebooks will be ready for the market, but we can already anticipate that the German Schenker will sell a notebook called Schenker Vision 15 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor and 16 GB of RAM for 1499 euros.