Schenker wants to upgrade its popular high-end gaming laptops. The latest version of the extremely slim models with GeForce RTX 3080 will get a new processor. The gaming behemoths with a height of just under 2 cm are to get the Intel Core i7-11800H as the new core. We take a closer look at what the renowned IT company is planning here.
Now finally with an appropriate CPU
When it comes to graphics performance, Schenker’s slim gaming notebooks have never been fooled. Thus, the current models feature the powerful GeForce RTX 3080, which has uncompromising gaming performance to offer. To ensure that the CPU does not lag behind, the company optionally equips upcoming models of the series with a high-performance Intel Core i7-11800H. The eight-core processor not only offers strong performance, but also support for the latest interfaces like Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe-Gen4. Schenker also offers its new notebooks with matching displays so that you can benefit from the new possibilities. These optionally feature up to 300 Hz at 1,080p or 4k resolution with a 100 percent coverage of the RGB color space. Those who opt for the XMG PRO 15 will even get a high-contrast OLED panel.
Lots of power meets compact dimensions
The latest GPU and CPU technology makes it possible to fit a lot of power into small cases. Schenker proves this with its XMG PRO. After all, the device measures just 357.9 x 238 x 19.8 mm at 2 kg (XMG PRO 15) or 395.9 x 264.95 x 19.9 mm at 2.3 kg (XMG PRO 17). In view of the high-quality case based on aluminum, you don’t have to worry about the resistance of the devices. If you opt for the top configuration, you get a powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 as well as a whopping 16 GB of RAM. If you don’t need that much, you can alternatively go for the features with RTX 3070 and 8 GB RAM.
Regardless of RAM and GPU, the XMG PRO now features the Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake CPU as standard. The new CPU provides for more options in terms of features. Thus, you can install a maximum of 64 GB DDR4-3200 RAM and use two M.2 SSDs. In terms of display, you have the choice between razor-sharp resolution or high refresh rate. While the former wants to score with a 4k resolution and a high-contrast, color-brilliant OLED panel, the IPS panel of the second display variant offers an impressive 300 Hz. In the 17-inch version, there is also a third variant in the form of an IPS panel that resolves in 4K.
On the other hand, nothing has changed when it comes to the battery. Both sizes still have a 73 Wh battery. On the other hand, the ports are new. Thunderbolt 4 in particular should be interesting for many gamers thanks to its integrated DisplayPort. Also exciting is the G-Sync support from the Mini DisplayPort and HDMI-out. Thus, up to three screens can theoretically be addressed.
Also on board, besides a Gigabit Ethernet port, are Wifi 6, 3x USB port, and separate ports for headphones and microphone. Creative users will be annoyed that there is no microSD card reader included. Schenker justifies itself with the still prevailing chip shortage and argues that a release would otherwise have had to be postponed indefinitely.
Price and availability
Pre-ordering of the two gaming notebooks is now possible. Delivery is expected to start at the end of October. This is at least the case for those with a FullHD display. Those interested in the UHD models, on the other hand, will have to wait until early November. While the XMG PRO 15 will start at 2. 199 euro, Schenker gives an MSRP starting at 2,249 euro for the XMG PRO 17.