While Intel is probably a bit afraid of the whole “Broadcom buys Qualcomm and Snapdragon 835 laptops are incoming” deal, AMD is also trying to snatch a piece of the mobile market. They’ve got the latest gen Ryzen mobile chipsets, that have just been benchmarked and found quite solid.
Benchmark-wise, they’re actually quite close to the Intel 8th gen chipsets. The very first laptop with an AMD Ryzen mobile CPU is now up for sale, the HP Envy x360 15z convertible, which is quite a biggie, at 15.6 inches in diagonal. It relies on a quad core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU and the folks of NotebookCheck and HotHardware have taken it for a spin.
They also did benchmarks and found that it beats the Intel Core U series 7th gen chipsets by quite a margin. Usually laptops with AMD chips were a bit cheaper and not exactly better performing compared to the Intel ones. The performance gap has totally changed now and AMD feels like it can charge higher prices. Graphics-wise, things are on the up and up too, with an integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 graphical solution on the above mentioned device, which is much more powerful than the Intel UHD 620 graphics that comes with the latest Intel laptops.
It seems that the HP Envy x360 15.6 incher with Ryzen performs even better than a Core i7-7500U machine with GeForce 940MX graphics in 3DMark11 at least. HP Envy x360 15z is available right now from HP, priced at $630.