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Craob X: Purported portless laptop pictured with a 13.3-inch 4K screen and 7 mm thick chassis

The Craob X is advertised as the world's first-ever fully portless laptop (image via Craob)
The Craob X is advertised as the world's first-ever fully portless laptop (image via Craob)
A questionable-looking render of a completely portless laptop called the Craob X has emerged online. It is just 7 mm (0.27 in) thick and packs an Intel Core i7-1280P and a 13.3-inch 4K screen. One needs to charge it wirelessly with a dedicated accessory that doubles up as a port hub.

Over the years, we've heard multiple rumours about iPhones going completely portless, but that day is yet to come. Chinese OEM Meizu took the plunge and made a smartphone devoid of any ports, which went on to fail spectacularly. Now, MyLaptopGuide has stumbled upon an interesting portless laptop called the Craob X.

At first glance, the Craob X looks absolutely stunning with its futuristic, razor-thin chassis and smartphone-like screen with a hole-punch webcam. Under the hood, we get a 12th-generation Intel Core i7-1280P, a low-power Alder Lake chip. It is coupled with up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and a 2TB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 4).

Other Craob X specs include a 13.3-inch 4K screen, an Intel Iris Xe iGPU, and Wi-Fi 6E. With a thickness of 7 mm (0.27 in) and 1.9 lbs (0.8 kg) weight, the Craob X is undoubtedly one of the sleekest laptops out there. However, as the adage goes, "If it is too good to be true, it probably is."

The complete lack of ports means that the only way one can juice the Craob X is via a brick that clips onto the back of the screen. Critical details such as the battery capacity and charging wattage seem to be missing. Now, we can chalk that down to the tech being in development, but Craob loses the benefit of the doubt by making some outrageous claims.

It seems that the charger for the Craob X has ports on it, including USB Type-C, Type-A and Thunderbolt. That raises the question of how the charging brick will interface with the laptop wirelessly. Even if it were to hit Wi-Fi 6E's maximum theoretical bandwidth (9.6 Gbps), it would have a hard time keeping up with Thunderbolt 4.0's rated speed of 40 Gbps. Craob may have some proprietary high-speed wireless transfer tech under wraps, but that seems unlikely.

Technical shortcomings notwithstanding, there is virtually no information about the company behind the laptop on the website. A cursory Google search for Craob reveals nothing about who is developing the ambitious project. Hence, we should treat the Craob X with a large pinch of salt. All we get is a "coming soon" sign. Only time will tell if the laptop is the future of mobile computing or a figment of some talented artist's imagination.

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Craob X charger plus port hub (image via Craob)
Craob X charger plus port hub (image via Craob)
Craob X wireless charger in action (image via Craob)
Craob X wireless charger in action (image via Craob)
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Anil Ganti, 2022-01-31 (Update: 2022-02- 1)