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Framework laptops now have Intel Core Ultra processors and could be a game changer for AI fanatics

Good news for Framework Laptop 13 fans
Last Updated on May 30, 2024
New Framework laptop features Intel Core Ultra processors, could be a game changer for AI fanatics
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The Framework Laptop 13 is one of Framework Computer’s popular models. Because it has remained a popular choice, the company has decided to introduce an updated version of the laptop, which comes with the Intel Ultra Core processor and some other exciting new features. With these new specs and features, the laptop is expected to offer a better battery life, improved graphics, and much more.

These laptops are pretty unique in that they are designed to be highly repairable, with easy disassembly and replaceable parts – something that is much less common in the laptop space compared to desktop PC building.

What’s new in the Framework Laptop 13?

The biggest change that we’re seeing in the updated version of Framework Laptop 13 is the addition of Intel Core Ultra Series 1 processors. These are some of the most powerful processors currently available for laptops on the market, and the Laptop 13 features three from the H series. These include Intel Core Ultra 5 125H, Ultra 7 155H, and Ultra 7 165H. Sadly, Framework has skipped adding a processor from the Ultra Processor 9 lineup. Intel claims the Core Ultra processors offer immersive graphics and provide a longer battery life. On top of that, they also feature the Intel AI Boost technology, which we’ll talk more about later.

A new processor isn’t the only thing the Framework Laptop 13 is getting, as there’s also a new 2.8K display with a high refresh rate of 120 Hz and a max brightness of 500 Nits, meaning that you can more easily use it outdoors or in well-lit environments. This is a big upgrade from last year’s model, which had a refresh rate of only 60 Hz and peaked at 465 Nits.

A silver Framework laptop, perfect for AI fanatics, features an Intel Core Ultra processor and displays a blue abstract wallpaper on its screen.
Framework Laptop 13 (Image source: Framework)

It is, however, important to keep in mind that the new display does not come with the prebuilt units of the new Framework Laptop 13. Instead, you will need to get the DIY version of the laptop, and the display will cost you $269. Even if you own the previous model, you can attach the new screen to it. And if you thought that the fun stops here, well, it doesn’t. This is because Framework has finally decided to add a web camera to the display, which features a 9.2-megapixel image sensor.

As far as the price is concerned, the Framework Laptop 13 with the Ultra 5 125H processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage will cost you $1,099. The one with Ultra 7 155H, 16GB memory, and 512GB storage will cost you $430 more, $1,529 to be exact. And finally, the third variant with the Ultra 7 165H processor breaks the two grand mark, as it comes with a price tag of $2,099. It is important to remember that these laptops feature DDR5 memory, which can be upgraded up to 96GB. The laptop is currently available for pre-order, and the first batch will ship out in August this year.

How will Intel’s Ultra processors benefit you?

The new Intel Ultra processors featured in the Framework Laptop 13 have up to 16 cores and 22 threads, which makes them a good choice for resource-hungry tasks. They will also make your laptop’s battery last longer and provide better graphics. However, what makes them special is the Intel AI Boost technology, something that can also be found in Acer’s new Chromebooks. Inside these processors, there’s a special section dedicated to handling only AI-related tasks. Intel claims that this technology boosts AI efficiency by up to 70%.

How it works is that whenever you’ll use AI tools or features like Chrome extensions, software, or anything related to AI, the AI Boost technology will make the processor work faster, resulting in a smoother experience. This makes it a great choice for those who use AI tools like Google Gemini, Google Photos Magic Editor, Help Me Write, Adobe Firefly, or anything similar daily, as it can significantly boost their productivity. However, the benefits of this technology will be minimal if you don’t use any AI-related tools in your daily life. But this does not mean that the processors aren’t worth it, as they still offer solid performance and will surely improve your productivity even if you’re not using anything related to AI.

Abdul is a tech writer and Editor for PC Guide, specializing in all things tech, gaming, and hardware.