Intel has revealed that its new Core M processor will be inside a number of upcoming Windows 8.1 notebook-tablet hybrid products and ultrabooks that are scheduled to be released later this year.
The Core M processor is also the first chip from Intel that will use its long awaited, and long delayed, Broadwell architecture. The company said that Core M processors are 50 percent smaller and will offer up to 20 percent more battery life than its previous generation of chips. Clock speeds will be between 2.0 and 2.6 GHz, depending on which version of the Core M chip is used. Intel added:
"The Intel Core M processor enables up to 50 percent faster compute performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance versus the comparable, previous 4th generation Intel Core processor. Consumers with older PCs will notice a more significant performance improvement. The Intel Core M processor delivers up to two times the compute performance and up to seven times better graphics compared to a 4- year-old PC, for example."
A number of PC makers have already announced plans to release Windows 8.1 hybrid PCs and ultrabooks with the Core M processor this fall, some of which will have designs that are less than 9 mm. They include Lenovo with its upcoming ThinkPad Helix, Asus with its XenBook UX305 and HP with its two new ENVY x2 products. More PCs with Core M chips will be launched in the first half of 2015.
Will you be buying a new Windows 8.1 notebook or hybrid with Intel's Core M processor inside?