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The HP Ubuntu clamshell is more affordable

HP Dev One is the first non-System76 computer offered with Pop!_OS.


HP releases its $1,099 Linux laptop for developers

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HP released its Dev One Linux laptop today. Aimed at coders, the 14-inch clamshell comes at a lower price than previous Ubuntu-based HP clamshells.

Starting at $1,099, the Dev One begins to keep costs low by opting for an AMD, rather than Intel, CPU and skipping the discrete graphics card. HP’s last Linux laptops, part of its ZBook workstation lineup, went well over $2,000 and offered up to Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia RTX GPUs.

The 14-incher weighs 3.24 lbs.

Enlarge / The 14-incher weighs 3. 24 lbs.

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Linux roots

The previous workstations used Ubuntu 20. 04 preloaded with software packages aimed at data scientists. However, the Dev One runs Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution from System76.

System76 also makes its own laptops, desktops, servers, and the Launch mechanical keyboard. HP’s Dev One marks the first laptop to run Pop!_OS without “System76” stamped on the lid–although, you can download Pop!_OS and install it on your own system.

There are two USB-C ports, two USB-A, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack.

Enlarge / There are two USB-C ports, two USB-A, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack.

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In its announcement of the Dev One today, System76 pushed its OS’s auto-tiling feature and Workspaces for working across multiple desktops with shortcuts. Dev One owners can also use System76’s customer support.

Denver-based System76 still plans to sell its own branded systems, CEO and founder Carl Richell told TechRepublic in May while discussing System76 and HP’s partnership. “Opportunities for us to accelerate our in-house manufacturing and design work, especially regarding the supply chain,” the exec said.

The exec also insisted that HP was on board with the open source aspect of Linux, with “every line of code” for the Dev One being open source. Richell also pointed to writing an open source Linux app for programming the buttons on the HP 935 Creator Mouse that’s being pushed alongside the laptop.

HP Dev One specs

The Dev One has an eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U with a 1.9-4.4 GHz clock speed and integrated Radeon graphics.

There are also two sticks of 8GB DDR4-3200 RAM that are user-upgradeable up to 64GB. It appears that the memory is HP-branded, as the product page suggests HP RAM upgrades. “

HP’s 0. 75-inch thick Linux system also has a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD that claims 3,200 MT/s sequential transfer speeds (other speeds were not shared).

The Dev One’s 14-inch, 1920×1080 display claims 1,000 nits’ max brightness on its specs sheet, but the fine print brings perceived brightness down to 800 nits due to the cover glass.

The laptop claims up to 12 hours of battery life. More specifically, HP took that measurement by running text editing, Chrome web browsing full-screen, and local 1080p MP4 video playback at 24 fps and 16 percent volume.

The keyboard shows a ThinkPad-like nub.

Enlarge / The keyboard shows a ThinkPad-like nub.

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For all that coding, there’s an optional Linux keyboard with a Super key, optional backlight, and spill resistance.

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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Full colors

If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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