Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4: Linux laptop with i7-12700H, 3080 Ti and 165 Hz QHD panel

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As part of its “Kubuntu Focus” project, the US distributor MindShare has launched the “Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4”, a high-end Linux laptop with an Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU and a 165 Hz fast QHD panel, which should offer Linux users the highest possible performance and compatibility.

High- End Linux laptop with Alder Lake and Ampere

The Lambda Tensorbook from Razer, which is specifically aimed at professional users in the field of deep learning, is now facing competition, which is also at the top of the hardware shelf at just as high prices and relies on the hybrid CPUs of the Alder Lake type and mobile GPUs of the Ampere generation. In terms of hardware, the notebooks also have a 165 Hz QHD panel in common.

Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 (Image: MindShare)
Kubuntu.jpg Focus M2 Gen4 (Image: MindShare)

The Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4, which uses Kubuntu (an official derivative of Ubuntu, Canonical's well-known Linux distribution, with the highly modular free desktop KDE Plasma) as its operating system, has the following specifications.

Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 Specifications

CPU

  • Intel Core i7-12700H (“Alder Lake-H”)
RAM

  • 16 GB ( 2× 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL22 in dual channel
  • 32 GB (2× 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL22 in dual channel
  • 64 GB (2× 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL22 in dual channel

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU @ 130 Watt*
    • 3,840 CUDA cores, 6 GB GDDR6@14 Gbps
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU @ 140 Watt*
      < li>5,888 CUDA cores, 8 GB GDDR6@14 Gbps
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU @ 155 Watts*
    • 7,424 CUDA cores, 16 GB GDDR6@14 Gbps
SSD

  • PCIe SSD(s) from Samsung with 1× 500 GB to 2× 2 TB
    • PCIe 4.0 x4
      • 3,500 Gbps (Read) and 2,700 Gbps (Write)
Display

  • 15, 6″ QHD IPS display
    • 2,560 × 1,440 pixels, 165 Hz, 5 ms, 100% DCI-P3
Connectivity

  • 1× Thunderbolt 4 with 40 Gbps
  • 1× Wi-Fi 6 formerly IEEE 802.11ax with 2×2 MIMO
  • 1× Bluetooth 5.2 with 2×2 MIMO
  • 1× RJ-47 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1× DisplayPort 1.4a
  • 1× HDMI 2.0
Battery

  • 80 Wh for 3.5 (dGPU) to 6.5 hours (iGPU) runtime

*) including Dynamic Boost 2.0

MindShare also offers a detailed graphical overview of all external connections of the Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4, which has dimensions of 358 × 240 × 24 mm (W× D×H) weighs 2.4 kg.

The Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 offers numerous connections (Image: MindShare)

Also interesting for playing under Linux

The other extras of the Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4, which is based on Kubuntu 22.04 LTS and KDE Plasma 5.24 and, unlike the Lambda Tensorbook developed by Razer, is also addressed to gamers according to MindShare, include a keyboard with RGB lighting and a dedicated “Kubuntu Superkey, a 2-megapixel 1080p webcam and noise-cancelling microphone.

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Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4
Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4
Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4

The large touchpad with multi-gesture control measures 121 × 73 mm, while the built-in speakers are rated of 2×2 watts.

A tailor-made distribution

The “Kubuntu Focus” project is based on Kubuntu 22.04 LTS own customized distribution. In addition to its own and adapted system tools, for example for controlling the RGB lighting of the keyboard and the selection of various predefined modes and presets for either more performance or more battery life, the adapted operating system also offers additional kernels.

Unlike the official Ubuntu foundation, which as an LTS release with Linux 5.15 LTS also relies on a system kernel with long-term support, the latest Linux 5.17.x is already available on the Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4.

< h2 class="text-width text-h2" id="section_from_1895_usdollar_in_the_usa_and_canada">Starting at $1,895 in the US and Canada

Priced at $1,895 The Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen4 combines a Core i7-12700H, 16 GB DDR4-3200, a 500 GB SSD according to PCIe 4.0 x4 and a GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU.

Top configuration with 64GB DDR4-3200 CL22, 4TB SSD storage and a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU costs $4,610. The notebook can now be personalized using the configurator and then ordered. For the time being, the model is reserved for customers from the USA and Canada.