Alongside AMD’s usual slate of financial figures as part of their quarterly earnings call, the company also offered a brief update on the state of the next-generation Ryzen Mobile 7040HS “Phoenix” CPUs. After initially being slated for a March arrival – and then pushed back to April – the laptops are finally launching. According to AMD, the first systems should start arriving at retailers in the next few weeks.

First detailed during AMD’s CES 2023 keynote, the Ryzen Mobile 7040HS series (codename Phoenix) is AMD’s first mobile-focused, monolithic die CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture, and will be their flagship silicon for mobile devices for 2023. Besides incorporating AMD’s latest CPU architecture, Phoenix also adds into the mix an updated RDNA3 architecture iGPU, and for the first time in any AMD CPU, a dedicated AI processing block, which AMD has aptly named the Ryzen AI. All of which, in turn, is fabbed using TSMC’s 4nm process – making it the single most advanced piece of silicon out of AMD yet.

AMD Ryzen 7040 Mobile CPUs
'Phoenix' on 4nm 
AnandTech C/T Base
GPU GPU Freq L3 Cache
HS-Series 35W - 54W
Ryzen 9 7940HS 8/16 4000 5200 RDNA 3
12 CUs
3000 16 35W - 54W
Ryzen 7 7840HS 8/16 3800 5100 RDNA 3
12 CUs
2900 16 35W - 54W
Ryzen 5 7640HS 6/12 4300 5000 RDNA 3
8 CUs
2800 16 35W - 54W

During a post-call Q&A with the press and analysts, AMD representatives offered an update on the state of 7040HS series processors, and the laptops they powered. According to AMD, the 7040HS series chips began ramping in Q1 – contributing to AMD’s client revenue for the quarter – and are now shipping to OEMs. As a result, AMD expects the first systems to hit retailers in the next couple of weeks.

If nothing else, the extended launch timeline underscores the difference between how AMD and arch rival Intel communicate product launches – and what they count as shipping. Whereas Intel’s massive client volume requires a large product ramp-up such that they’ll ship mobile chips to OEMs sometimes months before anything is announced, AMD has in recent years been satisfied to announce new mobile hardware well in advance of system availability. As a result, whether it’s intentional or not, most of the time AMD ends up defining a mobile launch as when chips are shipping to OEMs, rather than the availability of OEM systems. And that seems to be what has happened here.

For our part, back on April 30th AnandTech did find a single US retail listing claiming to have a Ryzen 7040HS laptop in stock. However, that listing from EXCaliberPC, for an ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, now reads as a pre-order, with the retailer expecting it in stock on May 5th. Assuming they do receive systems on that day, then this would put the arrival of the very first systems a bit ahead of AMD’s latest projections – though still missing the previous claim of “OEM partners to launch the first notebooks powered by Ryzen 7040HS Series processors in April” by a week.

Ultimately, despite the delays in getting Phoenix out the door, AMD does have big plans for their first monolithic Zen 4 product. Besides serving as the cornerstone of their high-performance mobile offerings for the next year, Phoenix is also expected to be used in AMD's Ryzen Z1 processors for handheld PC game consoles. And an eventual Ryzen Embedded product using the silicon is practically obigatory. So Phoenix will indeed rise high at AMD, eventually.

Update 4:30pm ET: And it turns out AMD's partners will have done one better than that. B&H Photo has an ASUS TUF Gaming A15 in stock, which is a Ryzen 7940HS-based laptop. So the first Phoenix laptops have indeed arrived, and sooner than AMD's most recent projections.

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  • heffeque - Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - link

    Minisforum... build a small PC with a 7940HS and 32 GB of LPDDR5X-7500 and I'm all yours!
  • meacupla - Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - link

    preferably with a BIOS that allows for unlocking the full TDP potential of a 7940HS, and 2x USB4 connectors
  • atechtexas - Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - link

    If they added a discrete graphics like the Neptune HX99G , I'd be all in
  • haplo602 - Thursday, May 4, 2023 - link

    A 7840 is the more sensible choice for them.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, May 4, 2023 - link

    Like the vast majority of people out there, I just don't really feel compelled to seek out a dGPU or any sort of high end compute device at this point. Even one of those ancient HP Stream 11 laptops with a dual core, low wattage Celeron is good enough as long as it has like 4GB of RAM, even now years after they were first released. Why waste $1800 on a computer when I've got a $30 phone with a bluetooth keyboard that's pretty much good enough and a console for games that cost far less collectively?
  • atechtexas - Saturday, May 6, 2023 - link

    I am at that point also. I am using a 5 yr old PC and looking to buy a new one but as I paid over $1500 for my current PC, I am looking a minis for $600 or less.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - link

    You can get a Beelink/Trigkey with R7 5800H, 16GB DDR4 3200, and 500GB SSD for less than $600 off of amazon.

    The CPU is Zen3 and it's graphics are RDNA2, but they are more than overkill for Win11
  • scineram - Saturday, May 13, 2023 - link

    It's Vega.
  • scineram - Saturday, May 13, 2023 - link

    Those shitstain devices are garbage and completely useless for a sane person.

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