Intel introduces NUC Laptop with swappable compute, storage and networking

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In 2019, Intel introduced the Compute Element concept for its Compute Card. The concept is a modular hardware unit that combines the processor with connectivity and other components. That makes it is easy to take out of a PC and replace it with an upgraded version.

The concept has been more central to the company’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing) shell desktop designs. However, it is only now that Intel has been able to produce a NUC laptop that is compatible with a mobile version of the Compute Element. The NUC P14E Laptop Element is compatible with the U-Series version of the NUC 11 Compute element.

The achievement

Users can now switch between units that hold an Intel processor, built-in operating system, and storage. The Intel NUC 11 Compute Element comes in several iterations, with different processor options (from Celeron CPU to the latest i7 chips).

The P14E is designed with businesses in mind, which means the options also have the vPro versions of the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors to provide enhanced security and remote access capabilities.

Intel Core i5 and Core i7 modules feature the latest Iris Xe integrated graphics, while the Core i3 and Celeron editions rely on Intel’s UHD graphics.

Corporate machines

The P14E features a sleek anodized aluminium chassis and is tested for ruggedness using MIL-STD-801H durability standards. It includes a 13.9-inch touchscreen display with 400 nits of brightness and 3000×2000.

RAM and storage depend on the compute module used (ranging from 4-16GB of memory). Connectivity includes a Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB 3.2 connections, Wi-Fi 6, and supports wired Gigabit Ethernet. There is also a fingerprint reader, 77Whr battery with fast charge, and Kensington NanoSaver lock.

The price and availability details have not yet been released but shall be made clear soon.