XMG scraps plans to upgrade the VIA 15 Pro laptops with Ryzen 5000H APUs due to limited supplies
Back in July this year, XMG-Schenker was announcing that the VIA 15 Pro thin and light AMD-powered laptop could get a processor upgrade some time in 2022. The plan was to replace the Ryzen 7 4800H processors with the newer Ryzen 7 5800H, and the company noted that the Cezanne supply is getting better, yet still not enough to fulfill demand for all laptop lineups, so the Apex, Core and Neo models would get priority. After a recent reevaluation of the supply, the German company decided to cancel the processor upgrade due to a discrepancy found with the initial processor supply forecast and the current R&D resources.
Tuxedo, a subsidiary of XMG-Schenker offering Linux-based laptops, is also scrapping the Ryzen 5000H upgrades for the Pulse 14 /15 models. In a recent reddit post, Tuxedo explains that “after many discussions with our hardware producer over the last months, the availability forecasts for the end of this year and the beginning of next year are not enough to cover the demand for various notebook series.”The post also suggests that laptop prices could increase if the supply problems persist.
Our contacts at XMG inform that 60% of the total 5800H/5900HX supply from the last 6 months has been sold with Core and Neo models that integrate the Nvidia RTX 3080 dGPU. This is an unusual circumstance, since, under normal conditions, the models with RTX 3060 would get the higher share. However, the ongoing limited supply forces a prioritization for the more expensive SKUs, leaving the VIA 15 Pro at the bottom of the list due to its lower system price.
Performance differences between the Ryzen 7 4800H and the 5800H are quite negligible in most of the reviews, as pointed out by the Tuxedo team, so maybe the Pulse and VIA laptops could jump straight to AMD's Ryzen 6000H APUs next year.