System76 upgrades its Lemur Pro Linux-based laptops with Intel Alder Lake-U processors
System76 is upgrading the Lemur Pro Linux-based laptops with 12th gen Alder Lake-U processors. The base specs include an Intel Core i5-1235U model with 10 cores and 12 threads running at up to 4.4 GHz, but there is also a more powerful option with the Core i7-1255U running at max 4.7 GHz.
The thin and light chassis (2.54 lbs, 0.65-inch profile) and 14.1-inch 1080p screen appear to be unchanged from the previous version. Thus there is only the Iris Xe iGPU, and System76 offers a maximum of 40 GB of RAM (8 GB soldered + 8 / 16 / 32 options). Maximum storage capacity is 4 TB via 2x M.2 slots, but only one slot is connected to the PCIe 4.0 lanes. Connectivity is ensured through a Wi-Fi 6 + BT 5 module and a 1080p webcam is included.
Thanks to the upgrade from the Tiger Lake to the new Alder Lake platform, the latest Lemur Pro laptops come with a Thunderbolt 4 connector along with USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 and USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, plus an HDMI video out and a microSD card reader. Despite its lightness, the laptop features a 73 Wh battery, as well.
Starting price for a base configuration with i5-1235U, 8 GB RAM and 240 GB storage is set at US$1,149. The i7-1255U CPU costs an additional US$215 and users can opt for more RAM and storage. These models come pre-installed with the proprietary Pop!_OS based on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS plus an open source embedded controller firmware for extra security.