First Ryzen 7000 laptop leaks but the refreshed Asus Zenbook 14 lacks Zen 4 and RDNA 3 punch
Ryzen 7000 laptops should soon be on the market, offering consumers a viable alternative to an Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake-based notebook and the expected 13th Gen Raptor Lake devices. One such laptop has already been spotted by the dataminer momomo_us and comes thanks to an accidental leak by Asus Turkey. The page showing the upcoming Ryzen 7000 Zenbook 14 laptop specifications is apparently for the current Ryzen 5000 model but there are multiple mentions of an AMD Ryzen 7 7730U processor.
However, this particular Asus Zenbook 14 may not be the Ryzen 7000 laptop that AMD fans are keenly waiting for. The Zenbook 14 is aimed at buyers who want a thin and light laptop rather than something that contains a powerful CPU and GPU processing solution. So, elements such as weight and battery life become more important here and the notebook comes fitted with a “U”-branded chip, with U being classified as a 15-28 W part suitable for “premium ultrathin” devices. The model number of the Ryzen 7 7730U also indicates that Zen 3 microarchitecture is utilized here.
The specification list for the Asus Zenbook 14, which includes a 2.5K NanoEdge display, Wi-Fi 6E support, and 16 GB RAM, states that AMD Radeon graphics is present. Some deduction from VideoCardz leaves the Ryzen 7 7730U as a likely 8-core Zen 3 chip with a Vega GPU architecture, which according to AMD’s naming scheme makes this a Barcelo-R mobile processor (“7030” chips). It may not be the potentially all-conquering Zen 4/RDNA 3 Ryzen 7000 laptop (Phoenix/Dragon Range) that many enthusiasts are waiting to see, but this particular Asus Zenbook 14 should be a great option for those who want decent performance on-the-go.