Dell Launches AMD Ryzen-Based Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Convertible, Starts at $700by Anton Shilov on April 16, 2018 3:00 PM EST
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When AMD announced its Ryzen Mobile processors last October, it had three launch customers with three laptop models. Back in early March this year Dell joined the Ryzen Mobile party with its Inspiron 17 5000 and this month the company expanded its Zen-based offerings with its convertible Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 notebook.
Dell currently offers two models of the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, one based on AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U with the Radeon Vega 8 iGPU, and the other on the more powerful Ryzen 7 2700U with the Radeon Vega 10 iGPU (see exact SKUs that Dell offers in the table below). The systems are equipped with 8 GB or 12 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (can be expanded to 16 GB in built-to-order configurations) as well as a 256 GB SSD, which is fairly standard for mainstream laptops nowadays. The notebook has a 13.3-inch IPS TrueLife-branded glossy LED-backlit touch display with brightness and viewing angles that is normally expected from mainstream IPS LCDs. The display lid features a wide viewing angle webcam with IR, so the machine supports facial recognition and Windows Hello.
I/O capabilities of the Ryzen-powered hybrid Inspiron 13 are the same for all models: a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 headers, an HDMI output, a webcam, an SD-card reader, a microphone array, stereo speakers with the Waves MaxxAudio Pro enhancements, a TRRS audio connector, and a backlit keyboard.
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 laptop comes in 19.2-mm (0.76-inch) thick chassis made of brushed aluminum and weighs up to 1.75 kg (3.86 lbs) depending on the configuration. Metal enclosure should give the Inspiron 13 7000 a premium feel and provide some rigidity to the construction. Meanwhile, the weight of the laptop is a bit too high for a 13-incher (and higher when compared to Lenovo's Ryzen Mobile-based Ideapad 720s).
Dell does not publish battery life of the laptop, but only says that it is equiped with a 42 Wh battery pack. The capacity of the battery is ~10% lower when compared to other Ryzen Mobile-based 13-inch notebooks, so it remains to be seen how long the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is going to last on one charge and how it compares to rivals featuring the same APUs.
|Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Convertible Laptops|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2.0 - 3.8 GHz
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 8 iGPU
|AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2.2 - 3.8 GHz
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 10 iGPU
|Graphics||AMD Vega 8
512 stream processors
|AMD Vega 10
640 stream processors
|RAM||Capacity||8 GB (up to 16 GB)||12 GB (up to 16 GB)|
|Storage||256 GB SSD|
|Wi-Fi||802.11ac Wi-Fi module (unknown vendor)|
|USB||2 × USB 3.0 Type-A (one with PowerShare)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
|Other I/O||HDMI 1.4, webcam with IR, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, SD card reader|
|Dimensions||Width||322.4 mm | 12.69 inches|
|Length||224 mm | 8.82 inches|
|Thickness||18.7 - 19.2 mm | 0.74 - 0.76 inches|
|Weight||1.75 kg | 3.86 lb|
|Battery Capacity||42 Wh|
|Support||1 Year Mail In Service||Includes 24x7 direct access to expert hardware and software support with 1 year Premium Support and Accidental Damage Service.|
Dell’s Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 convertibles featuring AMD’s Ryzen Mobile APUs are already available directly from Dell starting at $730 as well as from leading retailers like BestBuy starting at $700. The latter apparently sells base configurations at slightly lower prices than the manufacturer does.
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heffeque - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkI've been waiting for decent 2500U/2700U laptops for some time, but sadly all that have appeared have been very lacking on the battery side, and half of the times also lacking on the screen, RAM and SSD side.
Also AMD doesn't seem to be making much effort with the drivers on the Raven Ridge APU side.
I'm not holding my hopes up on this one, the short battery is probably a problem with Raven Ridge itself (which is a shame).
Jimster480 - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkThe battery issues aren't really with the SoC, its specific de-optimization against AMD.
MFG's have just been building trash laptops with ryzen and pricing them way out there to make sure people don't buy them.... if you look at whats available from intel.... well there is basically no ryzen laptop to match for any price tier.
Meaning you have to buy ryzen because you want it and pay more to have it.
Taking a look at the post below... AMD is directly shafted again with a high price for an old reused design with a terrible screen....
HStewart - Monday, April 16, 2018 - linkI think it more likely the users out there desired vendors to put AMD chips into - but when Vendors do nobody actually buys them and they left in cold with a product that they can sell.
Most of the people that buy AMD are gamers and most gamers build their own machine, but AMD people are notorious anti Intel in nature and only real reason they want Dell to build a machine because they hate Intel.
I don't believe a manufacture can put an AMD Mobile Ryzen chip into a laptop say the size of MacBook 13 in or similar. In fact it required Intel engineers to get the Vega chip into Dell XPS 15 2in1
The big question Dell has to ask customer, will some one purchase a laptop with AMD based laptop with 4K screen and at 15 in. By the way, it not price of Intel CPU that makes cost go higher on these modules - it was additional $400 for the 4k screen. The smaller high end cost more and somethings like the old USB 3 connector must be change to USB-C
Lolimaster - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkEquivalente in power intel cpu's are $150-250 over AMD offering on mobile, for absurd things like 100Mhz over the lesser models.
HStewart - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkRyzen mobile is not same performance as Intel - per speed.
jospoortvliet - Friday, April 20, 2018 - linktrue, the Ryzens perform better.
Cooe - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkI'm sorry, but directly comparing Ryzen Mobile, which scales from to 12W-25W needs depending to Kaby Lake-G @ 65W is all kinds absolutely ridiculous. You can fit Ryzen Mobile into ANYTHING you can fit an equivalent 4c/8t Kaby Lake-R chip into, no if's, and's, or but's about it. It's simply most of the manufacturers not giving even the smallest two craps about AMD's mobile efforts in particular, just like always.
HStewart - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - linkI have an XPS 15 2in1 and it significantly faster CPU then 8th generation U CPUS - up to 4.1 Ghz.
plus keep in mind the AMD GPU uses power also - actually I notice it appears to use a lot
Keep in mind the Ryzen chip is price at lower end market and so are these laptops. They are not aim at same market as the Kaby Lake G cpus performance wise - AMD chip is lower end chip.
jospoortvliet - Friday, April 20, 2018 - linkCPU wise, the Ryzens perform similar, often better, than Intel's U series; and of course they smash the Intels in the GPU department. So while they might be cheaper, they should be more expensive if they were to be priced fairly.
RBD_117 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - link"I don't believe a manufacture can put an AMD Mobile Ryzen chip into a laptop say the size of MacBook 13 in or similar. In fact it required Intel engineers to get the Vega chip into Dell XPS 15 2in1".
What are you referring to? The TDP/thermals and power? I dont understand how your statement is remotely true at face-value.