We’re still waiting for the big year of laptops

After a long, long month of laptop releases, Computex 2022 is finally over. In some ways, it is Computex that was not.

The start of this year was an exciting time to become a laptop reporter. Every company and its mother announce that big ideas are on the way. Wacky products abound, from monitor To Phones, LG Display (which supplied the 13.3-inch panel for) Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold) revealed 17 inch foldable OLED screen. We saw RGB, OLED and haptics in abundance. Chipmakers promised architectural innovations and performance gains. We were told that all these would be coming soon.

At the end of May was Computex, the biggest laptop-specific show of the year. (Okay, it was actually May – since many global participants couldn’t go to Taiwan, most companies just did their bit and dropped their releases whenever, but that’s another story. I’m still into nonstop announcements.) I’m recovering from this month of .

But we didn’t get them at Computex 2022. The show was, in fact, aggressively unpredictable. We’ve got a lot of chip bumps. We found some high refresh rate displays. we got one hp specter x360 with rounded corners. (To be clear, I’m personally very excited about rounder corners, but I may be the only person on the planet in this boat.)

Don’t get me wrong: Incremental upgrades, both to interior specifications and exterior elements, are important. They will bring change in the lives of the people. Companies don’t need to reinvent the wheel with every single laptop they release. But it’s still worth noting that many of the devices that are set to actually expand or redefine their categories aren’t here yet (or if they are, I can’t list them for sale). .

The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 open on a wooden table with a bookshelf in the background, angled slightly to the left.  The screen displays The Verge homepage.

Introducing the Elite Dragonfly G3 that you can’t buy yet.
Photo by Amelia Holovaty Crales/The Verge

The following are some of the much-anticipated products announced earlier this year that still haven’t hit my desk:

  • Asus’s ZenBook 17 Fold Was OLED Originally announced at CES for the second quarter of 2022, There are 25 days left for Q2 as of this writing, and We don’t have a fixed price yet, This is one of the many rumored 17-inch foldable laptops we expected this year. (also Samsung CES. a show inand hp is rumored to be at work.) We didn’t even look at Computex.
  • The XPS 13 is one of the most important models in the 2-in-1 convertible space. OK, so it hasn’t actually been announced yet, but it’s leaked — and according to leakDell is possibly switching away from this product Traditional 2-in-1 Form Factor and in one Surface Pro-Like Device. There is no mention of it in May.
  • The non-enterprise version of the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is the only device that ledge This year there is maximum enthusiasm among the employees. It’s poised to become the first Chromebook to include a haptic trackpad and Intel vPro, among other impressive new features. It was supposed to ship in April When CES . it was announced in, In early May, we got an update; it’s coming now “this summer” but this currently out of stock,
  • Speaking of HP, the exciting Dragonfly G3, which finally brings the 3:2 display to the high-end business line-up, is what we saw Prototype in Januarywas Originally expected in March, Looking at HP’s website, Looks like it’s no longer shipping as of July,
  • Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is the 2022 release that I’m personally most excited about. It is a 17 inch dual screen device. Whereas dual-screen devices that place the keyboard on the front of the deck can still be good enough, their position doesn’t work for everyone. The ThinkBook Plus keeps the screen to the side, keeps the keyboard in its normal position (albeit slightly off to the left) and the touchpad a usable size, an arrangement that may be more practical for many. It was legitimately great to use in Lenovo’s CES demo arena and could potentially be a useful spec of the dual-screen form factor. it was supposed to ship in may But still “coming soon,” According to Lenovo’s website,
  • Still no clue of him ThinkPad Z-Series, a new ThinkPad line that targets the Gen Z, includes a haptic touchpad and a vegan leather cover, and potentially a new vision of who a business laptop could benefit from. this was it Should ship in MayBut no dice yet, (The website, as of this writing, still says “coming spring 2022.”)
  • rDNA 3AMD rumored to bring next-generation Radeon GPUs Bonkers performance improvement, The refresh that AMD showed was still a big announcement, but the single-thread gains reported were overwhelming in comparison.

It’s not all bad news. Some of the most anticipated devices of 2022 have been released on time, including several products on the gaming side like Asus ROG Flow Z13, And, of course, companies deviate from plans all the time. But I checked its impact with Stephen Kleinhans, Gartner’s vice president of research, and it appears to be true: Across the board, we’re seeing delays in PC shipments, which in turn are impacting releases. That’s certainly not a problem for the PC space – industries across the board, including the automotive sector, are being put on hold.

Lenovo ThinkBook plus Gen 3 keyboard seen from above.  The primary screen displays a blue swirl on a white background.

Photo by Monica Chin/The Verge

These delays, Kleinhans believes, are, unsurprisingly, “mostly supply chain issues”, and have a lot to do with the current COVID situation in China, which has led to lockdown in major technical centers, Kleinhans told me that “until China really comes back, which is what we’re seeing now, and it can catch up with the backlog that’s built up, we’re going to continue to see disruptions on top of the disruptions already.” Were.” He thinks PC availability could be disrupted “at least toward summer and the end of the year.”

It is not that companies are finding it difficult to take over the existing generation units. In Kleinhans’ view, it also has to do with the fulfillment of last-gen orders. “If you have a customer who placed an order for 1,000 machines three or four months ago, and they still haven’t received them, you don’t want to release this year’s model while those orders are outstanding, Kleinhans told me. We are definitely seeing delays on the existing models as well; Many of Apple’s latest MacBook Pros are showing ship dates of late July or later. (Apple is huge rumor There’s a new MacBook Air in the pipeline, and it’ll be interesting to see if the company is able to stick to its usual near-term availability timeline.)

When it comes to supply chain delays, the PC market is hardly the most affected (or most important) industry. The world will go on if it takes longer than expected to ship a 17-inch foldable PC. And laptop delays are hardly the most important or influential consequence of this pandemic.

Still, this situation should serve as a reminder of one fact that, frankly, is always worth remembering: There are a lot of moving parts in the PC space. The laptop you’re typing on now and the laptop I’m typing on now, had to get a lot of things right in order to deliver (this is a Zephyrus G14, if you’re curious) at our doorstep. It’s fun living in the early part of the year in a world full of haptics, foldables, and 2X performance gains. But the real world is more complex and boring, and even the coolest innovations require all kinds of logistical stars to align.

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