We’ve already seen several laptops and notebooks powered by Intel Apollo Lake processors such as CHUWI LapBook 14.1, Voyo VBook A1, or Acer Spin 1. However, most of the time those models only come with 32 or 64GB eMMC flash for the operating system, which – for my needs at least – is clearly not enough, as I need extra space for data. Some allow for M.2 or mSATA card expansions but that’s usually expensive, and I’d prefer the combination of an eMMC flash (or ideally a similarly sized SSD) for optional performance, together with the capacity and cheaper price of an hard drive.
DERA A3 Air notebook appears to provide just that as it includes a 64GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. The device also comes with a 14.1″ display, and is powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 quad core Apollo Lake processor.
- SoC – Intel Celeron J3455 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.50 GHz / 2.30 GHz (Burst frequency) and 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 250 MHz / 750 MHz (Burst freq.); 10W TDP
- System Memory – 4GB DDR3L RAM upgradeable to 8GB
- Storage – 64 GB SSD flash, SD card slot up to 128 GB, optional 500GB hard drive, mSATA connector
- Display – 14.1″ LED display with 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution
- Video Output – 1x mini HDMI port
- Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, microphone jack, built-in stereo speakers and microphone
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- Camera – 1.3 MP front-facing camera
- USB – 1 x USB 2.0 host port, 1 x USB 3.0 port
- Power Supply – 19V DC / 2A
- Battery – 4,000 mAh/7.4V Li-ion polymer battery good
- Dimensions – 32.90 x 21.90 x 2.50 cm
- Weight – 1.50 kg
The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home, and ships with a charger and English user manual. The choice of Celeron J3455 is interesting as it’s supposed to be a desktop processor, while N-series processors – often used in mini PCs – are for “mobile” applications such as laptops and 2-in-1 hybrids. That will mean cooling will be more challenging, but at 10W they may have managed. For some reasons Bluetooth is not listed anywhere, and battery capacity looks quite low.
DERE A3 Air notebook can be pre-ordered for $289.99 with 64GB SSD and 500GB HDD, and $249.99 with the SSD only. Shipping is expected after October 15.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.