There’s a good reason for the delay: my understanding (I’m still seeking clarity on this) is that engineer Jeremy Soller has been working diligently
on a version of Coreboot
for Renoir. System76 wanted to trim that BIOS bloat from its AMD laptops, too. This would result in fewer proprietary blobs, and significantly faster boot and resume-from-standby times.
(Curiously, there’s no mention of Coreboot in the marketing material for Pangolin. I’ve reached out to System76 PR to get some clarification on that front.)
*UPDATE: NO COREBOOT AT THIS TIME
So today, the System76 Pangolin is released into the wild, packing up to an 8-core Ryzen 7 4700U and an integrated 7-core Radeon RX Vega Graphics solution.
Some standout details: System76 says the Pangolin is the lightest of its 15-inch laptops, weighing in at 3.65 pounds. It can also be equipped with up to 64GB of RAM and plenty of NVMe storage.
Here are the crucial Pangolin tech specs:
Operating System: Pop!_OS 20.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: 2.3 up to 4.0 GHz - 6 Cores - 6 Threads OR AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: 2.0 up to 4.1 GHz - 8 Cores - 8 Threads
Display: 15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish
Graphics: AMD Radeon Graphics
Memory: Up to 64 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz
Storage: 1 x M.2 SSD (SATA or PCIe NVMe). Up to 2TB total.
Expansion1× USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2× USB 2.0 Type-A, MicroSD Card Reader
One final thing you’ll appreciate: Due to the ongoing chip shortage situation and presumably high demand, System76 will not ship provide review units of the Pangolin to press. Instead, it will devote every unit to paying customers for the time being.