AMD’s ‘Mendocino’ chips promise 10 hours of battery life for cheap laptops

AMD's 'Mendocino' chips promise 10 hours of battery life for cheap laptops

A laptop with an AMD processor was hard to come by. Then they began to appear in a few of the top notebooks available. AMD claims that its CPUs will be used in 200 different laptop models by 2022, and it’s hoping to “redefine the everyday laptop” as an affordable machine with good battery life with the recently unveiled “Mendocino,” which was announced at Computex 2022.

AMD’s ‘Mendocino’ chips promise 10 hours of battery life for cheap laptops

Now, you’re probably wondering: what does 10 hours actually mean? It could mean anything; manufacturers quote outrageous battery life estimates all the time. But we at least have a frame of reference here: “Most people are used to four, five, six hours on a notebook in the $399 to $699 space,” says AMD technical marketing director Robert Hallock. “At a minimum, we want 10 hours out of these notebooks.”

We don’t know if it’ll follow through on that promise, but what it has announced so far sounds promising: a new series of Ryzen laptop chips that combine four last-gen Zen 2 CPU cores with the latest RDNA 2 graphics on TSMC’s 6nm process to deliver over 10 hours of battery life on a charge — all for $399 to $699. That includes both Windows machines and Chromebooks.

If I’m being honest, the announcement gives me a little bit of déjà vu — a decade ago at the very same Computex tradeshow, AMD was similarly trying to pitch a quad-core chip with better battery life and better graphics as the way to stop being seen as the cheapo alternative to Intel.

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