It’s been a bit of a wait to see the latest Intel Gemini Lake SoC to find its way into laptops, but Chuwi has now released the LapBook SE, which features the Intel Celeron N4100 processor, which is four of the latest Atom cores. Chuwi has also added some new features to improve their low-cost device lineup even further.

The LapBook SE features 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and ironically this is one of the first laptops available with LPDDR4, since Intel’s Core processors only support LPDDR3 at the moment. There’s also 32 GB of eMMC storage, along with 128 GB of SSD. Chuwi was likely taking the more is better approach, but I would have preferred to see it with just the SSD, and it’ll be interesting to see if you can configure it that way after purchase.

Chuwi LapBook
Model LapBook SE
CPU Intel Celeron N4100
4 cores, 4 threads
1.1 - 2.4 GHz
4 MB Cache, 6W TDP
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 600
12 EU 200-700 MHz
RAM 4 GB LPDDR4
Storage 32 GB eMMC + 128 GB M.2 SSD
Display 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS
Camera 2 MP
Battery 5000 mAh
Rated up to 8 hours
Dimensions 317 x 215 x 15.9 mm
12.5 x 8.5 x 0.63 inches
Weight 1.44 kg / 3.17 lbs
Price $299 USD as of writing

The LapBook SE has a 13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS display as well, continuing their trend of providing a good display even in a low-cost machine. And, as a nice upgrade, there’s also a backlit keyboard.

Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that the SE includes a USB-C port, which Chuwi has been using for charging on some of their products. The LapBook SE does offer HDMI and USB-A, along with an SD card reader and headset jack.

Chuwi tends to offer more for less, and with a good amount of storage, an IPS display, and the quad-core Gemini Lake processor, the LapBook SE should slot nicely into the bottom end of their range. We should be getting one for review as well, so if you have any questions about it, please let us know in the comments.

Source: Chuwi

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  • BajantheLycan - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - link

    $300. BACK. LIT. KEYBOARD. Reply
  • GekkePrutser - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - link

    I know, right! Sounds really good. The case looks very well designed too. Definitely a step up over the 14.1 which I have. Reply
  • GekkePrutser - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - link

    I actually love my Chuwi 14.1. I bought it based on Ars' recommendation. It cost me about 180 euro all in from gearbest, it runs Linux like a breeze, is fast enough and has very long battery life.

    I use it as my makerspace laptop - nice & cheap so I don't have to worry about a soldering iron rolling against it or blowing up a USB port with some loose wires on my laptop. Wouldn't risk that with a MacBook :)

    But I heard about the spec changes on later models - especially the linux part. That's sad.

    I really wonder if this new one will run Linux ok.
    Reply
  • Wardriver - Friday, August 24, 2018 - link

    Hi to everybody
    I'm really interested to Chuwi lapbook SE, but i'm not sure about 4gb of RAM. Do you think they could be upgradable?
    Thanks
    Reply
  • chuwi - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - link

    Here I made a review about this! Please feel free to comment about it. I liked it for this price. Dont forget to open subtitles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gogFplBmTkg Reply

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