Porsche Design tries their hand at a different kind of convertible—a notebook
Porsche Design has recently gone into the high-end smartphone market with their Porsche Design edition of the Huawei Mate 9, but they aren't stopping there. The German company is making a convertible—a laptop convertible, that is. In a sea of Windows convertible PCs, what makes the so-called Book One (stylized as BOOK ONE) stand our are its Porsche Design branding (and price) and that it has both a 360 degree hinge and a detachable keyboard, making it truly more flexible than other 2-in-1 PCs.
The Book One aims high with it's specs, seeking to compete against the Surface Book more than the Surface 3. It has an i7-7500U Kaby Lake CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, a 5MP Windows Hello compatible webcam, and a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) display. Unlike the Surface Book, the Book One has a Thunderbolt 3 port along with two USB Type-A ports. The comparisons to the Surface Book seem even more apt with the Wacom pen that Porsche Design is including with the unit. The pen features 2048 levels of pressure-sensitivity and docks magnetically alongside the chassis.
The design is relatively slim considering it's a convertible (which means more parts and heavier construction): it measures 12.3 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches and weighs 3.5 lbs together with its keyboard. The design is certainly more aggressive than the Surface Book, however, with a sizable chin bezel, rounded edges, and the hard to miss Porsche Design etching.
The Porsche Design Book One will be available in April for US$2500.
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