After a long, long month of laptop releases, Computex 2022 is finally over. In some ways, Computex was not.
The first part of this year was an exciting time to be a laptop reporter. Every company and its mom announced big ideas were on the way. wacky products abounded, of screens to me phones. LG monitor (which supplied the 13.3-inch screen for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 FoldShow a 17 inch foldable OLED screen Monitor. We’ve seen RGB and OLEDs and an abundance of touches. Chip makers promised architectural innovations and performance gains. We were told these were all coming soon.
At the end of May was Computex, the biggest laptop show of the year. (Okay, it’s been all of May really – since many global attendees couldn’t make it to Taiwan, most companies did their own thing and ditched their releases at any point in time, but that’s another story. I’m still recovering from this month of incessant advertisements Please don’t text me.) This would have been the perfect time to release some of these innovative releases, you know. Or get the release date.
But we didn’t get them at Computex 2022. The show was, in fact, not very exciting. We’ve got a lot of chip pitfalls. We got some higher refresh rate screens. we got HP Specter x360 طابعة Printer with rounded corners. (To be clear, I am personally very excited about the rounded corners, but I may be the only person on the planet in this boat.)
Don’t get me wrong: the incremental upgrades, for interior specs and exterior items, are important. They will make a difference in people’s lives. Companies don’t need to reinvent the wheel with every laptop they release. But it’s still worth noting that a number of devices that seem really poised to expand or redefine their categories aren’t there yet (or if they are, I can’t find them for sale).
Here are some of the highly anticipated products announced earlier this year that haven’t made it to my desk yet:
- Zenbook 17 Fold OLED from Asus, Originally announced at CES Q2 2022. 25 days left from Q2 as of this writing, and We don’t have a confirmed price yet. This is one of the rumored 17-inch foldable laptops we’ve come to expect this year – Samsung too Show once at CESand HP Rumored to have one in the works. We couldn’t see either of them in Computex.
- The XPS 13 2-in-1 is one of the hottest models in the convertible space. Well, this hasn’t actually been announced yet, but it’s been leaked – and According to the leaksDell may exchange this product away from Traditional 2-in-1 form factor and to Surface Pro-like device device. It was not mentioned in May.
- HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Non-Enterprise Edition, the only device that edge The staff was most excited about this year. It’s set to be the first Chromebook to include a touch trackpad and Intel vPro, among other cool new features. It was supposed to be shipped in April When it was announced at CES. In early May, we got an update – it’s coming now “this summer”but Not in stock at the moment.
- Speaking of HP, the exciting Dragonfly G3 too, which finally brings the 3:2 screen to the high-end business line and which we’ve seen Prototype in JanuaryI was It was originally expected in March. Looking at the HP website, Looks like it won’t ship until July.
- Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, 2022 Edition which I was personally excited about. It is a 17 inch dual screen device. While dual-screen devices put the keyboard in front of the surface It could still be good, their positive status does not work for everyone. The ThinkBook Plus puts the screen to the side, keeping the keyboard in its usual position (albeit slightly further to the left) and keeping the touchpad at a usable size, an arrangement that could be more practical for many people. It was really nice to use in Lenovo’s CES demo area, and could be a useful visualization of the dual screen form factor. It was supposed to be shipped in Maybut it’s still “close” According to the Lenovo website.
- There is also no sign of a file ThinkPad Z-Series, a funky new ThinkPad line targeting Gen Z, featuring a capacitive touchpad and vegan leather cover, potentially a new vision for who a business laptop could benefit from. It was this Supposed to be shipped in Maybut We don’t respond yet. (The site, as of this writing, still says “Coming Spring 2022”.
- RNA 3AMD’s next generation Radeon GPUs rumored to offer Madness performance improvements. The updates AMD showed off were still a big announcement, but the gains reported in a single thread were disappointing in comparison.
Not all news is bad. Some of the most anticipated hardware of 2022 has been released on schedule, including a number of gaming-side products like ROG Flow Z13 from Asus. And of course companies veer off plans all the time. But I’ve checked my impression with Stephen Kleinhans, vice president of Gartner Research, and it seems to be true: Across the board, we’re seeing delays in PC shipments, which in turn affect releases. It’s not a unique problem in the PC space, of course — industries across the board, including the automotive field, are off.
Kleynhans believes that these delays are, unsurprisingly, “mostly supply chain issues,” much of it related to the current COVID situation in China, which has led to Closures in major technical centers. Kleynhans told me that “until China really opens up again, which seems to be what we’re seeing now, and can catch up with the backlog that’s been created, we’ll continue to see the turmoil in addition to the turmoil that they’ve already been there.” He believes PC availability could be disrupted “at least as summer approaches and the end of the year approaches”.
Not only are companies having trouble getting current-generation units into their own hands, Kleynhans says – it’s also about fulfilling last-generation orders. “If you have a customer who placed an order for 1,000 machines three or four months ago, and they haven’t received it yet, you don’t want to release a model this year while those orders are pending,” Kleynhans told me. We’re definitely seeing delays on current models too — many of Apple’s latest MacBook Pros are showing shipping dates in late July or later. (Camel Highly rumored A new MacBook Air is in the pipeline, and it will be interesting to see if the company is able to stick to its usual near-term availability schedule.)
When it comes to supply chain delays, the PC market is hardly the hardest hit (or most important). The world would continue to transform if 17-inch foldable computers took longer than expected to ship. And laptop delays aren’t the most significant or impactful consequence of this pandemic.
However, this situation should serve as a reminder of a fact that, frankly, is always worth remembering: the PC space has many moving parts. Several things had to be done right to present the laptop you’re writing on now, the laptop I’m writing on now (it’s XVIRUS G 14, if you’re curious) to our doorsteps. It’s fun living in a world full of touch-ups, foldable gadgets, and twice the performance gains in the early part of the year. But the real world is more complex and boring, and even the coolest innovations require the compatibility of all kinds of logistics stars.
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