Weibu launches Snapdragon-835-powered Windows convertible
When the first Windows-on-ARM laptops were announced back in late 2017, everyone was curious to see how well Qualcomm’s mobile SoCs would fair against Intel’s ULV chips. It turned out that the slightly more expensive Snapdragon 835 was not really a match for Intel’s Celeron and Pentium processors, and it seemed like the Windows-on-ARM program was doomed.
Meanwhile Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 SoC specifically designed for laptops and promised substantial performance boosts. However, it looks like Chinese laptop-maker Weibu did not really get Qualcomm’s memo on the upcoming SoCs and decided to throw a Snapdragon-835—powered model on the market. The guys over at Notebook Italia encountered the new Weibu model at the Global Sources fair in Hong Kong caught the presentation on video.
Since Intel is going through manufacturing problems leading into shortages for several types of chips, Weibu was apparently forced to choose the Snapdragon 835 SoC over the Gemini Lake chips from Intel. Otherwise, the specs for the new H133W-MY 2-in-1 notebook are on par with what we would expect from a compact convertible. The 13.3-inch 1080p display has a decent IPS panel, which also support multitouch input. It comes with only 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and the connectivity side features Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 support, plus USB-A and USB-C ports along with a headphone jack. To round things off, the case is silent since there are no active fans, and the included 5,000 mAh battery should be enough for several hours of intensive usage.
Unfortunately, Weibu did not provide any pricing information. The new models will most likely be available only in China.