Intel demonstrated their newest prototype Star Brook notebook at the IDF spring session and the differences over the current generations stand out right away. The most prominent change is the lack of a dedicated power connector that otherwise has been there since the dawn of mobile PCs. It is only Apple’s most recent MacBook that got rid of the dedicated power port.
The new Intel prototype works in the same way, by taking advantage of the new USB 3.1 connector that can provide up to 100W of power. A system like this only needs a 65W power adapter, so the 5V 20A provided by the new USB standard is more than enough. The good thing is that Intel added two of these ports and not just one, still allowing you to connect other devices without the need for a hub or adapter.
The rest of the specifications are pretty much as it was expected, an Intel Skylake processor and a 12.5-inch screen with 2560×1440 resolution, but the notebook is only 20mm thick and weighs less than 1kg. That’s portable!
The Star Brooks notebook that was shown is just a prototype so far and its main intention is an inspiration to manufacturers for their own versions based on the new processor generation, but I like what I see.
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