Tecno announces MegaBook S1 thin and light premium 15.6-inch laptop with Intel Alder Lake i7 processor and 3.2K screen
LPDDR5Tecno is a new Chinese smartphone and tablet maker that entered the market in 2020. Earlier this year at IFA Berlin, the company showed off a MegaBook T1 laptop model, which apparently was received well, and Tecno is now ready to launch a premium thin and light version with a more powerful processor. While the T1 was already quite light and thin for a 15.6-inch notebook, the new MegaBook S1 takes specs to the next level, as it replaces the Intel i5-1155G7 processor with a 35 W i7 Alder Lake processor.
The launch promo does not mention the exact processor SKU, but, looking over the available Alder Lake mobile SKUs, this can only be an i7-12800HL or 12700HL with 6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores. It might be the latter, as the S1 chassis has an even thinner profile of just 0.53-inch and the weight is down to just 2.97 lbs. In any case, the processor is quite powerful for such a thin build and it is complemented by 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM plus up to 1 TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage.
Since the S1 is marketed as a premium laptop model, it also features a 3.2K IPS display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 120 Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB color gamut, 450 nit brightness and DC dimming. Unfortunately, given the reduced thickness and weight, this model does not feature a Thunderbolt 4 connector, but it does pack 2x USB-C 3.2 ports (one with 65 W charging), plus two more USB-A 3.2 ports, an audio jack and a microSD card reader.
Other features include a 6-speaker sound system with DTS X Ultra certification, AI-powered webcam and dual mics, as well as NFC pairing with Tecno’s phones. There is also a 70 Wh battery.
According to GSMArena, the MegaBook S1 will soon be released in select markets from Asia and Africa. The 512 GB storage model is expected to cost US$1500, and the 1 TB one should be available for US$1600.