While it’s already possible to buy an Arm Linux laptop like PineBook Pro, the Rockchip RK3399 processor and 4GB of RAM can be limiting for some, especially when you want to multitask.
But most likely out of necessity, Huawei unveiled a more powerful Arm Linux laptop with Huawei Qingyun L410 powered by a 7nm Kirin 990 octa-core Cortex A76 / A55 processor, paired with 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage. and a 14-inch screen.
Huawei Qingyun L410 (L410 KLVU-WDU0) preliminary specifications:
- SoC – Hisilicon Kirin 990 octa-core processor with 2x Cortex-A76 at 2.86 GHz, 2x Cortex-A76 at 2.09 GHz, 4x Cortex A55 at 1.86 GHz, Arm Mali-G76MP16 at 700 MHz, DaVinci NPU
- System memory – 8 GB LPDDR4-4266
- Storage – Up to 512 UFS storage (SSD or UFS 3.0 TBC)
- Display – 14 inch 2K display with 3: 2 aspect ratio
- Camera – “hidden camera”
- Video – 4K 60fps video support
- Miscellaneous – Fingerprint sensor
- Dimensions – 15.9mm thick
- Weight – 1.49 kg
The laptop does not come with Ubuntu, Ubuntu Mate or Debian, or other known Linux distributions, but instead Unity OS, aka UOS, based on Deepin Linux, and developed by UnionTech as part of the Chinese government’s desire to no longer depend on Windows. We are also told that the laptop can be upgraded to HarmonyOS in the future.
It is the house also showed a screenshot with the Huawei desktop PC expected in Q2 2021 with either a Kirin 990 mobile processor or an 8-core Kunpeng 920 processor. There must have been some delays since the laptop was supposed to be available in the first quarter of 2021 and the desktop PC in the second quarter.
Huawei Qingyun L410 laptop is already listed on JD.com but without price or much detail other than a few basic specs. I’m assuming the laptop may eventually become available to the rest of the world through Aliexpress or other similar websites.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 on a part-time basis, before stepping down as head of software engineering and starting writing daily news and reviews full-time later in 2011.