AMD recently announced that its Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) are now available for public consumption.  Codenamed “Richland”, the AMD notebook A-series APUs are either 2-cores or 4-cores with a graphics setup based on the Radeon HD 8000 series.

As of Q1 2013, there will be four Elite A-Series models available; the A4-5150M, A6-5350M, A8-5550M, and the top tier A10-5750M.

Both the A4-5150M and A6-5350M are dual-core, but the A6-5350M has a slightly higher base clock at 2.9GHz compared to the A4-5150M’s 2.7GHz.  Another difference is that the A6-5350M has 192 Radeon GPU cores compared 128 in the A4-5150M.

Moving onto the quad-core lineup, the A8-5550M is clocked at 2.1GHz while offering 256 GPU cores, while 2.5GHz A10-5750M will dish out 384 GPU cores.  Three of the Elite A-Series APUs top out at DDR3 1600, whereas the top of the line A10-5750 is the only APU to support DDR3 1866.

AMD claims that its Elite A-Series APUs will deliver higher graphical performance compared to Intel’s Core i7 offerings, and that the A-Series have improved battery life compared to previous-gen APUs. 

There are also a few applications which AMD has included to provide for a “more natural user/pc interaction.” One of which is AMD’s Gesture Control—a webcam-based gesture feature that allows users to perform tasks like controlling media players, browsers and emails by swiping at the webcam. 

“Building a large touch screen display can be very expensive.  We see a while roadmap for gesture control where we can deliver a touch-like experience without having to lay your hands on the display,” said Kevin Lensing, AMD’s Director of Notebook Products.”

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