Dell rumored to launch Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition gaming laptops with up to an AMD R9 5900HX APU and RTX 3070 mobile GPU
Last year marked AMD’s return with a vengeance to the laptop market. Many OEMs jumped on the bandwagon and started offering Renoir-U and Renoir-H notebooks that were most of the time capped under $1,500, so the premium and high-end gaming segments were still controlled by Intel. It is still unclear if this limitation was imposed by AMD due to APU stock concerns or Intel colluded with Nvidia to segment the markets. In any case, the situation seems to be reversed in 2021. We are now seeing OEMs offering Ryzen 5000U as well as Ryzen 5000H models for all price points, including premium and high-end gaming systems with mobile RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, and some lineups that have traditionally been sticking with Intel are already including AMD options. Of all the big OEMs, it looks like Razer is the only one still loyal to Intel, while even Dell with its Alienware m15 lineup is rumored to jump ship.
According to Hardware Leaks (twitter user _rogame), Dell should soon announce this year’s updated Alienware m15 lineup, which will prominently feature Ryzen Edition laptops. Details are a bit scarce for now. Hardware Leaks mentions in one of his tweets that the APU options will include the R7 5800H and R9 5900HX models, complemented by up to 32 GB DDR4-3200 and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Previous Intel m15 models also had a 4 TB SSD option, so that might also be ported to the AMD versions. Now, for the GPU options, _rogame only mentions the RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 (Max-P versions apparently), which might mean that these are part of the lineup that replaces the current m15 R3.
Dell also has the m15 R4 models, but we are not yet sure if these laptops equipped with Intel Comet Lake-H and RTX 3070 / RTX 3080 mobile GPUs will remain the top-of-the-line choices for this year. Maybe Dell wants to still show some loyalty to Intel. Of course, we also have the chip shortages that are affecting AMD right now, and Dell may be waiting for everything to clear up before announcing the AMD equivalent of the m15 R4 lineup towards the end of the year.