It’s not every day you hear the words ‘Porsche’ and ‘Windows 10’ in the same sentence. Today is that day. Porsche Design is a subsidiary of Porsche SE – yes the folks who make supercars. Porsche Design does not make supercars, rather, the company is focused on fashion, timepieces, sports gear, and other luxury items with a mix of electronics.
The idea is not unique – others like Ferrari and Lamborghini have quite similar adventures as well. Porsche Design, at the show floor of Mobile World Congress this week, announced a Windows 10-powered laptop.
Porsche claims that the Book One is the world’s first convertible and detachable 2-in-1 device. That claim doesn’t quite make sense, but we are not the ones to judge – not unless we check the device out ourselves, at least.
If this were any other run-of-the-mill maker of laptops or tablets, we would go straight to the specifications. Book One’s appeal, however, is its design. It’s after all, by a company with design in its name.
Porsche Design One Book resembles Microsoft’s Surface Book at first look. It’s made from milled aluminum featuring a matte anodized surface finish. The finish is what gives it the extremely attractive glowing-silverish-look.
The laptop’s hinge is where Porsche is focusing its marketing at; it’s a 2-in-1 convertible, but the screen can detach away from it and used separately. To use the screen separately, Porsche is also bundling a stylus of its own design with Windows Ink support.
Let’s move on to what’s powering this beauty. There’s a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor on the inside clocked at 3.5Ghz, along with 16 GB of RAM.
That processor and its inbuilt graphics processor is pushing the pixels for a 13.3-inch IPS display running at a nice resolution of 3200 x 1800.
There’s a 512 GB Intel SSD for storage, a precession touchpad, a backlit keyboard, two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a single USB 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 port, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac dual band, and Bluetooth.
It is – by no means – a weak performer. It’s perhaps one of the most high-end 2-in-1 released at this year’s MWC, coming close to Microsoft’s Surface Book.
Porsche even added a 5-megapixel front camera to the laptop that’s fully compliant with Windows Hello.
The Porsche brand has a luxury value of its own, and the laptop’s high-end specifications don’t help in making it any cheaper.
Porsche Design’s Book One will be available starting from April in Germany for a whopping €2,795, and in the U.S. for $2,945.
At least, with those specifications, you would be getting a very nice laptop for the price. Along with the Porsche Design logo, of course.