One thing I didn’t see coming from Infinix this year were laptops. However, in hindsight, it should have been clear when the company launched its series of smart televisions that they were going all in on tech appliances. Today, the company is coming in to a segment that has been very much ignored in all developing markets: laptops.
It is almost impossible, in many developing markets to find major laptop makers setting up shop and making/selling laptops targeted specifically at the needs of these particular markets. That’s why in such markets, users are forced to buy refurbs imported by independent retailers with hiked prices, and old specs. You will rarely see HP, Lenovo, Apple, Dell etc. setting up shop in the developing world. It looks like Infinix is looking to change that with its new Inbook Series of laptops.
Infinix has today announced its first Windows laptops under the Infinix INbook X1 Series. You can get them in a couple of configurations with either 8GB or 16GB RAM:
- Base models with the Intel® Core™ i3-1005G1
- What could be the most popular models with the Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1
- Highest trim models with the Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 plus Intel Iris Plus GPU up to 64EU.
Infinix says the INbook X1 is equipped with NVMe SSDs with reading speeds of up to 2400MB/s and write speeds up to 1900MB/s. The laptop uses 3200MHz Dual Channel memory.
The device is equipped with a 65W fast charger supporting Power Delivery (PD) 3.0. According to Infinix, this means that in just one hour your laptop can be charged up to 70%. The laptop also supports QC 3.0/2.0 charging protocols.
The company explains that the INBook X1 adopts a wedge-shaped design and that the thickest part of the INBook X1 is only 16.3mm. The device weighs 1.48kg and can be picked easily with one hand. The laptop will come in three colours: Star Fall Grey and Noble Red available immediately with Aurora Green coming later on.
As part of the ecosystem Infinix is building, the company will ship the laptops with a feature called In-Sync. This is a feature that will let users synchronise files between their laptops, TVs, and smartphones.
Currently, there’s no mention on when the laptops will be available in Kenya. However, starting next month interested users can get them in Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria starting at $530. That’s about KES 57,000. Hopefully, Infinix Kenya finds good pricing strategies to convince the vast number of Kenyans acquiring laptops to pick up something brand new. What are your thoughts?