In the past few weeks we saw a number of indicators that Razer is getting ready to launch an AMD-based Blade gaming notebook. In a rather odd-looking Twitter conversation on Thursday night that went into Friday morning, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and Frank Azor of AMD suggested the possibility of a collaboration.
"What do you think about making an AMD equipped Razer Blade laptop, @minglintan," asked Frank Azor, AMD's gaming chief in a Twitter post.
I dunno guys. What do you all think? Do you all want to see an @AMD equipped @Razer Blade? https://t.co/u6hpVPWFj3May 7, 2021
"I get a ton of requests all the time to make an AMD gaming laptop," Min-Lian Tan, a co-founder and CEO of Razer, responded shortly. "What do you guys think?" […] FWIW I think we could design/engineer a pretty awesome AMD gaming laptop. The current laptops out there don't really push the limits of what can be done. What would you guys like to see in a Razer Blade with AMD?"
FWIW I think we could design/engineer a pretty awesome @AMD gaming laptop. The current laptops out there don't really push the limits of what can be done. What would you guys like to see in a @Razer Blade with AMD?May 7, 2021
Razer is the last major notebook brands to exclusively offer Intel-based machines, which has frustrated some gamers looking for more choice. Back in 2019, Tan told Tom's Hardware that "we do have quite a number of customers reaching out to us asking us about AMD[.]"
Last month someone submitted benchmark results of two Razer machines, codenamed PI411, featuring AMD's unlocked Ryzen 9 5900HX processor accompanied by Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 GPU with an 80W TGP. That's a clear indicator that the PC maker was at least experimenting with AMD's CPU.
The 3DMark submission itself does not mean that a product is coming to the market as some products do not meet certain goals that manufacturers set. But when high-ranking executives start to talk about new products publicly, it certainly suggests that some plans are being set internally.
Tan is a self-described loose cannon on social media, once telling Tom's Hardware that "my PR team and my legal team lives on tenterhooks that I’m gonna say something stupid." But with a partner involved, this seems like it could potentially lead to something real.
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Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.