The next unit of computing brand, known as NUC (pronounced nu-ck), has long been associated with the design of Intel’s small form factor, which includes mobile-class processors. Last year, Intel broke that design philosophy with the introduction of the NUC 9 Pro, known as the Quartz Canyon, which allowed a PCIe graphics card in a single box. Today, Intel announces the next step in the NUC journey with a pre-built laptop with 10-nanometer Tiger Lake quad-core processors.
The new NUC M15 laptop kit (codenamed Bishop County) is a pre-built laptop / laptop will not be something the end user can buy directly. Instead of competing directly with its laptop partners, the device will be offered to Intel̵
The NUC M15 design uses Tiger Lake (Intel Core 11you Gen) with Xe graphics in a platform designed to meet the requirements of the Intel Evo for premium laptop design. This means meeting the minimum specifications for wake-up time, charging, Thunderbolt, Wi-Fi and screen power consumption. You still have to apply for the Evo from any brand that takes the M15 for granted to modify and resell it, but Intel says offering this model on a white paper will help many regional retailers offer something that is slightly above the normal range of designs with their own unique modifications.
One of the first partners in the channel to email us about the implementation of the M15 was Schenker, a German-based retailer that sells throughout Europe and elsewhere. We usually see that the company applies Clevo whitebook designs, so it’s something a little different – Schenker Vision 15 is a 15.6-inch version in an aluminum monolithic design with a touch screen, brightness of 450 nits, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0- SSD activated and boot options activated via Type-C on both sides.
Inside is a quad-core Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 with Xe graphics, and with a 73 Wh fast-charge battery, the company claims it allows 14 hours of Wi-Fi or 10 hours of local H.264 video playback (measured at 150 nits). Schenker claims CBR23 scores of 1537 for ST and 5990 for MT and will offer efficiency profiles for regular use or peak performance (the latter peaking at 84 ° C and 40.8 dB (A) according to the company). The keyboard is on the list of LED backlights, and Schenker will support 25 country-specific keyboard layouts.
In terms of storage and memory, Schenker will offer a variety of PCIe 4.0 storage options, as well as LPDDR4X-4267 memory options. Both Thunderbolt 4 ports will support charging, and an additional USB 3.2 Gen 2 port is available. A version of Linux will be offered by Schenker’s sister, TUXEDO Computers.
Delivery will begin in January, with the base model offering a Shadow Gray design with a Core i7-1165G7, a 16 GB LPDDR4X-4267 and a 250 GB storage device for the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, which will retail in Europe for € 1499 ($ 1531 USD equivalent before tax). Users after PCIe 4.0 storage will be able to choose different capacities of the Samsung 980 Pro. The standard warranty is 36 months. Schenker has not yet applied for Intel Evo certification, but said it meets the standards.
We expect other companies to offer similar versions of the NUC M15 design, but one of the problems in the white paper market is differentiation. Because most of the hardware in this device will be the same as other Intel partners, margins can be very narrow. Schenker states that they are a leading partner in this joint design.