AMD unveils chips for the next wave of cheap, lightweight laptops

AMD calls them “everyday mobile” laptops, but another way to look at them is their budget and budget – lightweight, low-power laptops that are always in high demand. In the cycle of processor releases, the chips powering these systems are usually the first of all generations to debut, bearing next-gen names on last-gen technologies.

In this case, the Ryzen 5 7250U, Ryzen 3 7320U, and Athlon Gold 7220U bring notable upgrades to laptop buyers around under $800 (about £700, AU$1,200), including integrated graphics. Current-gen RDNA 2 (Radeon 610M) for more responsive screen rendering and passable gaming at 720p, up to 12 hours of battery life, and better support for Windows 11 features to improve web conferencing, security, and power management.

New laptops with 7020U-series chips should start shipping by the end of the year, and AMD is highlighting the Lenovo Ideapad 1, HP 17, and Acer Aspire 3 as models you can expect to integrate them at that time.

7020U processors use AMD’s recently revised naming convention, which provides better transparency on processor class; the name includes the advertised year, market segment, architecture, class within market segment, and target power consumption (which usually dictates size and weight).

AMD's chart outlining its processor naming convention for 2023 to 2025.

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Although not based on state-of-the-art architectures, the new processors are produced using a 6nm process and support LPDDR5 memory. The smaller process automatically confers performance improvements and the LPDDR5 memory is faster than previous generations. They also add support for BGA NVMe SSD, a cheaper, more compact, and more power-efficient form of solid-state storage than traditional slotted SSD (and still faster than non-SSD media), making should increase capabilities, especially in Chromebook, possible. This means potentially much faster app launch.

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