I’ve heard of many laptop concepts, but none has come close to this one – Craob X. It’s being touted as the first portless laptop that can be charged and connected wirelessly. It’s also pretty thin and powerful and has some impressive specs too. So how have the designers pulled this off? And will they really release it to the market, or is it just a mere stunt?
To be honest, it’s normal to be skeptical about laptop concepts. Many concepts never come to reality. Why? Because they don’t entice users and investors. Some ideas may seem groovy and cool, but when it comes to functionality, they are just inadequate. I am not insinuating that the Craob X is an inadequate design. However, based on my past experiences with laptop concepts, I’m tempted to ask, does it really stand a chance in the market?
Excellent Form Factor
One area where the designers of the Craob X have made their case is the form factor. The Craob X is an ultrabook, meaning that it is no more than 1.5 cm thick. With 7mm thickness, it qualifies in the list the thinnest laptops ever. It is also incredibly light at just 1.9 pounds (0.86 kgs). The mind-blowing thickness and weight of the Craob X definitely attract attention from a majority of laptop users as no one wants to carry a stone in their backpack while moving around.
A laptop may have a perfect form factor but fail miserably when it comes to computing. The Craob X design team does a good job of avoiding this. Inside the hood of this laptop is a 12th generation Intel processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 2TB PCI-E 4.0 SSD. These are remarkable specs, especially given that the laptop is quite thin and almost weightless.
According to the Craob website, the concept will support up to a 12th generation Intel Core 17-1280P processor. This means that the laptop may compete with Apple’s legendary M1 chip. Intel’s latest Alder Lake laptop Chips have been praised for displaying superior muscle to Apple Silicon chips. Even so, nothing is certain with the Craob X since it’s just a concept in the making.
Another plus is that Craob X features a bezel-less 4K UHD Display, a punch-hole webcam, and a wireless charger that has a range of ports, including Thunderbolt, headphone jack, Thunderbolt, USB-A, and USB-C ports. It’s still unclear how the Craob team will integrate these functions wirelessly, but it will be definitely interesting to see.
Certainly, Craob X is one of the craziest Laptop Concepts to date. In fact, no other laptop design comes close. This laptop has no physical ports but offers next-generation technologies that every user wants to have in their laptop. It’s awfully powerful, beautifully designed, and exceedingly compelling, but will it ever come into existence?