Gigabyte will slowly phase out the Aorus X series this year
With the Aorus 15 now public, Gigabyte has officially opened a new chapter for its lineup of enthusiast gaming laptops. The aging Aorus X3, X5, X7, and even X9 will have not be receiving any additional hardware updates in the future as the manufacturer will instead focus on completely new designs moving forward.
The first completely new model was unveiled at CES 2019 as the 15.6-inch Aorus 15 which will likely become the gold standard for the inevitable 17.3-inch "Aorus 17". This design strategy is common amongst product families such as the visual similarities between the XPS 13 and XPS 15, Alienware m15 and Alienware m17, and the Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Blade 15. The Aorus 15 is slightly thicker than the Aorus X5 for better thermals, but it incorporates the all-important narrow bezels for a more portable look.
So far, Gigabyte seems to be making all the right moves in its transition away from the Aorus X series. Aside from its years-old design, X laptops tend to run very loudly and warm even for their category. The base and wobbly lid tend to twist or creak more noticeably than on competitors like the Razer Blade or Asus ROG GL504. The thicker profile, stiffer impression, and additional heat pipes of the Aorus 15 over the Aorus X5 show that Gigabyte has been listening to user feedback.
We'll have more detailed specifications on the Aorus 15 when it launches in the next month or so. As for the rest of the Aorus family, we're going to take a wild guess that additional sizes will be unveiled alongside the Intel 9th gen Core H-series in Q3 with a proper showcase at Computex 2019.