People are willing to pay more for Intel. In order for them to sell Laptop with AMD APU/CPU they have to put them in cheaper models. I too have been looking for a nice AMD laptop bu they are hard to find.
I have the same frustration. A couple issues here:
By allowing partners to continue this practice, AMD will never be able to shake the perception that they only belong in "value" (I hate this term, because I find no value in a poorly-made laptop) notebooks.
Secondly, partners have little reason to push AMD laptops since their competitors provide higher margin from more expensive models.
We have yet to see a single laptop with Freesync included.
I think AMD would have better success if they simply designed a very solid reference laptop and then offered it to partners for resale. At least that sets the bar at a reasonable level for quality. Then, if partners wanted to release other designs, it should be subject to AMD approval so as to not fall below the standard of quality set by the AMD reference design.
I'd be really curious to hear from management why this wouldn't be workable.
I also am in support od A.M.D producing a few models under their own banner , if not a full laptop then perhaps a tablet , that would feature both Android and Microsoft O.S.
As far as the gaming parameters are concerned the base C.P.U does this handly the only detraction is the heat dissipation.
Considering that my desktop has a Radeon 3600 series at 600mhz core clock speed and easily handles most games up to Battlefield 4 with graphics set to medium and the A8 has a 650mhz which should be able to do the same thing which it does ...as stated it cant because of a poorly designed case with little or no adequate heat dissipation.