Intel announced new 15W and 5W mobile processors today, allowing for 4K video editing and gaming on the go, as well as a big performance gain for the thinnest laptops and 2-in-1 devices. 16-19 hours of battery life is also promised.
Intel today unveiled six new mobile processors split between the U and Y series of chips.
The U-Series, formerly codenamed Whiskey Lake, are 15W chips focused on connectivity and performance laptops, whereas the Y-Series, formerly codenamed Amber Lake, are 5W chips meant for the thinnest possible laptops.
Three new processors are being added to the U-Series: a Core i7-8565U, i5-8265U, and i3-8145U. Both the i7 and i5 use quad-cores and eight threads, while the i3 is dual-core with four threads. All three support LPDDR3 2133MHz or DDR4 2400MHz memory.
In terms of features, these U-Series chips focus on performance. Intel is including Gigabit Wi-Fi with Wireless-AC for the first time running at 160MHz if you have the wireless router to support it. There’s also a focus on handling 4K content, both watching and editing it, and Intel also boasts support for Dolby Vision, HDR, and Dolby Atmos if laptop manufacturers wish to add the required hardware.
Battery life is expected to be up to 16 hours, but Intel says it can hit 19 hours for “power optimized systems.” If you want to play games on the go, then it sounds like these new U-Series chips could last your entire journey without a laptop recharge required.
There are also three new processors being added to the Y-Series: a Core i7-8500, i58200Y, and m3-8100Y. All three are dual-core and four threads with memory support limited to LPDDR3 1866MHz.
These processors cater for the thinnest laptop designs out there, sipping 5W of power and fitting in a chassis just 7mm thick while weighing less than one pound. They also support Wireless-AC at Gigabit speeds and eSIM with Intel Gigabit LTE modems. Intel also promises improved touch and stylus interaction.
I’m sure there will be more interest in the new U-Series chips thanks to the performance they promise, that is unless you need a laptop you can’t tell is in your bag because it’s so thin and light. Either way, Intel expects new laptops and 2-in-1s to appear in the fall using the new chips.