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AMD SmartShift technology won’t be coming to any new laptops this year, according to AMD Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions Frank Azor.

Only the Dell G5 15 SE will have it this year.

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AMD SmartShift Laptop Will Not Appear Till 2021

Azor referred to an interview with PCWorld, which first wrote about the news.

Smartshift, which can dynamically shift performance resources between a Radeon GPU and Ryzen CPU, is one of the highlights of a new era for AMD-based laptops, led by the impressive Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs. But in a Twitter response asking where the other SmartShift laptops are, AMD’s Frank Azor responded with bad news for AMD fans. 

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It’s brand-new technology and to Dell’s credit, they jumped on its first,” Azor said. “No more SmartShift laptops are coming this year but the team is working hard on having more options ASAP for 2021.”

Azor said a lot of PC vendors didn’t expect the game-changing performance from Ryzen 4000 that we’ve seen from its H-class CPUs and its U-class CPUs, so it’s understandable they’d dip a toe into the Ryzen pool rather than jump in with both feet.

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With the performance of the CPU now proven, we expect to see more laptop vendors adopt Ryzen and Radeon parts. But that takes time, and that’s where we are today, Azor said.

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The vast majority of the new AMD-based laptops aren’t focused on gaming either, Azor said. Expect about 20 percent of the first 100 Ryzen-based laptops to be gaming laptops.

You can watch the interview

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