After the invasion of Ukraine, Russia faced myriads of difficulties. Most of them are related to the sanctions. However, the most important (for Russia) among them concern technologies, software, and hardware. Russia is not allowed to use any product or component that has been developed in the countries that applied the sanctions. You know that Google, Apple, Intel, and many other biggies have completely canceled all kinds of cooperation with Russia. However, this is not only a punch but also an opportunity. In many aspects, the situation is similar to that of Huawei. And as you know, as a result, the latter developed its own operating system that might dethrone not only Android and iOS in the mobile OS market but also Windows in the PC market. The Russian company Promobit is preparing to produce a Bitblaze Titan BM15 notebook computer. This laptop will use an in-house-made “Baikal-M” processor.
Bitblaze Titan BM15 Features
This sounds quite interesting. But we have to get into details in order to understand whether this model will be able to substitute those used by Russians. As for other key features, the Bitblaze Titan BM15 notebook will feature a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS screen; also, it will come with 16GB memory and 512GB SSD storage; our protagonist will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; there will be built-in USB 3.0, HDMI, USB Type-C and RJ-45 interfaces as well as an audio jack; lastly, the laptop will sport a 6000mAh battery.
The manufacturer is going to offer two versions in terms of materials. Apart from the conventional aluminum alloy variant, there will also be a titanium alloy version.
Well, all these features seem not astonishing but acceptable. What about the performance? As said, the laptop uses the Baikal-M series processor developed by a Russian company. [drumroll] But it uses a TSMC 28nm process. Also, its octa-core architecture integrates Cortex-A57 cores at a frequency of up to 1.5GHz. The chip adopts the Mali-T628 MP8 GPU core at a frequency of 750MHz. It supports dual-channel DDR4-2400 or DDR3-1600 memory. The chip’s power consumption does not exceed 35W. Finally, it is compatible with Astra Linux or Alt Linux operating systems.
Further reading: Baikal-S: Russia Made Its First Competitive Chip With 48 Cores
Now, the good news. The first batch of Bitblaze Titan BM15 will be assembled in the next few months. There will be around 1,000 units. The main consumers of the Bitblaze Titan BM15 will be Russian government and enterprise customers. Lastly, the laptop prices will vary from 100,000 rubles (about $1608) to 120,000 rubles (about $1929).