TUXEDO Aura 15 Linux Laptop is Powered by AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Processor

There are few Linux laptops on the market and usually higher-end ones, so some people may decide to buy a Windows or FreeDOS laptop and install Ubuntu or another Linux distribution themselves. In theory, this is supposed to work, but when installed Ubuntu 18.04 on an Acer Ryzen 7 laptop a couple of years ago, it took me several hours of work to get this working despite it being pre-loaded with Linpus Linux operating system.

So more choice is always welcome, and TUXEDO Computers has now added a mid-range Linux laptop to their offerings with TUXEDO Aura 15 powered by a 15W AMD Ryzen 7 4700U octa-core processor and shipping with Ubuntu 20.04, openSUSE 15.2, or TUXEDO_OS 20.04 based on Ubuntu plus Budgie Desktop.

Tuxedo Aura 15 AMD-Ryzen 7 4700U Linux Laptop

TUXEDO Aura 15 specifications:

  • SoC – AMD Ryzen 7 4700U octa-core processor @ 2.0 to 4.1 GHz (Turbo) with 8 MB L3-Cache, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 Graphics; 15 W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets up to 3200 MHz
  • Storage – 1x SATA III or PCIe / NVMe M.2 SSD, MicroSD card socket
  • Display – 15.6-inch IPS display with 1920×1080 resolution, LED backlight
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 port up to 4k UHD @ 60Hz with HDCP support
    • DisplayPort via USB-C port
  • Audio
    • High Definition Audio code
    • 3.5mm audio jack with headphone & microphone
    • Stereo speakers (2x 2W), and integrated microphone
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet via Realtek RTL8168/8111 10/100/1000 Mbit transceiver
    • Optional 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax WiFi 6 up to 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz)  and 2.4 Gbps (5 GHz) & Bluetooth 5.1 via Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 M.2 2230 card
    • Optional Huawei ME936 M.2 module + SIM card slot for
      • 4G LTE/HSDPA+
      • GNSS – GPS Standalone, A-GPS, GPS XTRA, Glonass
  • USB
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port with DisplayPort Alt. mode, USB PD support
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • User Input
    • Full-sized multi-color backlit keyboard with TUX Super key; various keyboard layouts available
    • 120x72mm clickpad with integrated buttons and multi-gesture- & scroll-function
  • Webcam – 1MP camera with microphone
  • Misc – Kensington lock, temperature-controlled PWM cooling fan
  • Battery – Replaceable 49 Wh, 4-cell Lithium-Ion battery good for about 15 hours at mi display brightness in idle mode, 9 hours at medium brightness with WiFi for office work
  • Power Supply – 65 Watts power supply via DC jack; USB-C charging also supported
  • Dimensions – 360 x 239 x 19.9 mm (Aluminum, resin)
  • Weight – 1.65 kg including. battery Alternatively, the device can also be charged via USB-C, USB-C power supply is not included.

TUXEDO Linux Laptop Keyboard

Pricing starts at 748 Euros including 16% VAT, equivalent to around $757 without VAT, when removing M.2 SSD storage, and selecting 8GB Kingston DDR4 memory. There’s a markup compared to the somewhat similar Acer Swift 3 SF314 14-inch laptop selling for $655with 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, but TUXEDO Aura 15 is much more customizable, as you can select the Linux OS, M.2 cards (WiFi 6, 4G LTE+GPS, NVMe SSD), memory and storage capacity at the time of order, as well as a choice of 24 different keyboard layouts that cover most European languages.

Via Liliputing and 9to5linux

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3 years ago

This laptop is actually the Chinese built Tongfang PF5NU1G. This base model (as well as the 14 inches one) is sold in different configurations by various resellers. See here:

There are few reviews in English, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNWd80dny6Q (showing Windows only)

or this other:
https://www.reddit.com/r/AMDLaptops/comments/hunyv6/my_mechrevo_code01_tongfang_pf5nu1g_review/ (with more info about Linux support).

Not a bad laptop apparently (battery life seems impressive), but not flawless either.

3 years ago

Bought 4 months ago. It keeps freezing. Customer service is almost not existent. They replied after weeks a were just able to suggest some software upgrades, which did not solve the problem,

Khadas VIM4 SBC