System76 already makes Linux laptops. So, what is this all about?
Well, this time, it is a Linux laptop by HP, powered by Pop!_OS, i.e., the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution by System76.
Carl Richell (System76’s Founder) initially made the announcement through his Twitter handle.
June 2, Update: Now, it is available to order with Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS onboard!
HP Dev One: A Linux Laptop Built for Developers
System76 laptops have been highly praised for their out-of-the-box hardware compatibility with Pop!_OS.
More of the reason Pop!_OS sits nicely with laptops without any hiccups.
Pop!_OS constantly comes up with updates and feature additions to improve the workflow and make the best out of the available hardware for Linux.
Now, teaming up with HP sounds like a great idea to step up the notch.
So, the idea of a partnership between Pop!_OS and HP is exciting!
With HP, the availability/warranty of the laptop sounds good on paper compared to System76 laptops in the region where it is not available.
Unfortunately, it appears that it is U.S-only.
AMD-Powered Laptop to Help You Code Better
HP Dev One seems to start featuring the essentials for developers to multitask, and get things done quickly.
The laptop uses an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 PRO processor coupled with 16 GB RAM (DDR4 @ 3200 MHz) for starters.
And, it comes equipped with 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 storage.
You can expect a 14-inch full-HD anti-glare display powered by AMD’s Radeon Graphics.
Carl Richell mentions that the laptop will receive firmware updates via the LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service) with HP Dev One.
The pricing for the laptop has been mentioned to start at $1099 for the mentioned specifications.
Other essential tech spec includes:
- 53 Wh Li-ion Battery
- 2 x USB Type-C (Power + DisplayPort 1.4), 2 x USB Type-A (Charging + Headphone/Microphone combo), 1 x HDMI 2.0
- 720p HD camera
- 65 Watt power adapter
Considering that it features 16 Gigs of RAM, it could be a tough sell for power users with just two memory slots (SODIMM).
For a commercial manufacturer like HP, the pricing for the laptop does not sound mind-blowing with no fingerprint reader, but could be a fair deal.
The laptop is available to purchase only in the US for $1099. You can order it from HP’s Dev One website linked below.
What do you think about the pricing for the HP laptop tailored for developers using Linux? Does the price tag sound good? What are your expectations from the laptop?