We already knew about the brand’s Corebook X, a 14″ under Intel Kaby Lake processor released in late 2020. Here is now the Corebook Xe which changes range but remains with Intel. This 15.6″ machine measures 35.9 cm wide by 24.1 cm deep and 17.9 mm thick. All this for a weight of 1.78 Kg. Not the most compact device of its kind but a solution far from the classic 15″ in its size.
It is the equipment embedded in this CoreBook Xe that makes the difference. Indeed the machine offers an Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake processor. A tenth generation solution operating with 4 cores and 8 threads on frequencies ranging from 1.6 to 4.2 GHz with 6 MB of cache memory for a TDP of 15 watts. The chip embeds an Intel UHD graphics circuit but the machine is distinguished by the addition of a secondary Intel Xe Max graphics circuit.
This embedded solution offers 4 GB of dedicated memory, 96 Execution Units and runs at a frequency of up to 1.95 GHz. It will not be a performance monster compared to a high-end solution from AMD or Nvidia but will give performance announced as equivalent to Nvidia MX 350/450 solutions for example. The big advantage will also be to free the system memory which will not be used by the graphics part and will remain usable by the various programs. The processor and graphics circuit will be cooled by a fan duo offering four automatically regulated fan speeds.
The Corebook Xe will offer 8GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM that will not be upgradable1, accompanied by 512GB of storage on a PCIe NVMe SSD.
The display is a fairly conventional 15.6″ IPS in FullHD with a claimed color coverage of 72% NTSC and a viewing angle of 178°. The keyboard is a fairly full QWERTY, backlit on three levels with 20 x 20 mm keys with a numeric keypad and a very large touchpad.
The device, made in a metal chassis, offers a battery life of 6 hours and a fast charge mode. It is equipped with a pair of speakers and deploys a complete connectivity. There is a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.0 output, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C, a USB 2.0 port, a MicroSDXC card reader and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack. The Wifi module is surprising since it is an 802.11n; a Wifi5 and Bluetooth 4.2 that are a bit of a stain in 2021 when we find Wifi6 and Bluetooth 5.0 solutions on most machines.
Above the screen we find a 720P webcam with a microphone to record the sound and, something rare on this type of small brand device, the addition of a switch to block the operation of the webcam.
In the end we end up with a rather interesting machine to follow. I’m not sure that buying the machine right away is a good idea for the moment. We’ll have to wait for feedback on the finish of the machine and its behavior. The Core i5-10210U duo with Intel Iris Xe Max can be an excellent surprise for classic and light uses. To be continued.