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Intel delivers Gigabit WiFi, impressive battery life with new 8th Gen Core laptop chips

Qualcomm may be seeking to usurp Intel's throne in the laptop market, but big blue isn't going down without a fight. Intel today debuted its latest 8th Gen Core processors built for thin and light laptops and 2-in-1s, and it's promising plenty of improvements in performance, battery life, and integrated Gigabit Wifi speeds.

The new chips are Intel's Core U-series (i7-8565U, i5-8265U, i3-8145U) and Core Y-series (i7-8500, i5-8200Y, m3-8100Y), both aimed at powering laptops and 2-in-1s with a lower thermal envelope than their desktop counterparts. The highlight here is that both series now come with integrated Gigabit Wifi, which is a first for Intel's mobile chips. That means that, in the coming months, we should start seeing incredibly thin laptops that can attain blazing speeds over WiFi.

Beyond the WiFi gains, Intel is also promising double-digit performance gains for the U-series when compared to the prior generation. Impressively, the company claims laptops based on the U-series will also be able to achieve up to 16 hours of use on a single charge. "Power-optimized systems," Intel says, will last even longer at around 19 hours. This rivals some of what we've seen coming out of the Windows 10 on ARM world.

Getting down to raw performance, the U-series features a 15-watt envelope across the board, while the Y-series comes in with a 5-watt envelope. At the top end, the i7 and i5 U-series chips feature a total of four cores and eight threads, with the rest of the lineup packing two cores and four threads. Interestingly, Intel's top-end i7-8565U chip can hit peak speeds of 4.6GHz, though it won't be able to sustain that level of performance for long.

According to Intel, we should start seeing laptops and 2-in-1s powered by these new chips this fall.

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  • WoA has a lit a fire under Intel's rear end and they have finally got a move on. This is a win-win scenario for consumers and enterprise users. If anything these improvements are most likely due to the team up between AMD and Intel. As ARM encroaching on the CPU space impacts both AMD and Intel, whereas it benefits Nvidia's Tegra line up as well as Mediatek.
  • This is exactly why arm is important if intel can get to 10nm it can build smaller more efficient chips that stay more powerful than arm. If I tell added telephone and lte arm then should be worked the way intel is now.
  • Yup, personally I'd much prefer AMD hitting 10nm + LTE with very high yields and ARM woops the entire PC market towards battery life and better software optimisations. As I'm tired of Intel's price gouging due to the lack of competition.
  • AMD, 10 nm? What 10 nm, they're jumping straight to 7 nm.
  • 10/7 mm whichever it is, still prefer AMD get high yields with high quality chips.
  • What move on? They've been stuck on the same arch for 4 years now and it seems 2019 will be the same still. The move to quad cores is only due to Ryzen.
  • Ryzen sure stirred things up, and ryzen continues to evolve which is great for us.
  • I think it's AMD and Snapdragon that are lighting a fire under Intel. They'll also have to think up new ways of gouging their customers.
  • I swear, it seems like every time I buy a new device, a new generation of chips get announced. Haha.
  • Well, given it's almost an annual occurrence perhaps you should wait 2 years before purchasing a new device :P and no longer than that otherwise you'll be waiting forever lol.
  • Don't worry. Aside from 8th gen being quad core at 15W now, they're more or less the same CPUs Intel launched in 2015, Skyline. You're truly not missing much.
  • Don't give anymore of your money to Intel.
  • Where's the difference to the other 8th gen Intel-U CPUs? I don't get it. They are the same generation. They should improve the GPU
  • iGPUs are the same for 4 years straight, with 2019 looking like more of the same. Intel is a joke these days.
  • I have a 4th gen Intel i7, 4820K which supports 40 PCIe lanes and quad-channel RAM. These newer Intel CPUs are downgrades in some cases.
  • They sure are...Low TDP, less performance....
  • Isn't Big Blue IBM, not Intel?
  • Yes, Intel is Bug Blue!
    Anyways another
    14 nm++++++++++++
  • The most significant upgrades in these new chipsets is the inclusion of two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports onboard. Current versions support only USB 3.1 Gen 1.
  • I suppose you don't know that "Big Blue" was "IBM".... not "Intel" Geez kids today.
  • OK, when is Microsoft releasing the next surface Pro and surface book based on these processors.
  • What a complete travesty. 4 consecutive years (with 2019 also sounding like no Cannon Lake in sight) with the same IPC, same iGPU performance, same LPDDR3 1886 memory support or the more power hungry DDR4 2400. Which is such a shame when the Skylake generation only truly soars with 3200+ RAM.
  • Let's see what the genuine competition bring to the table. It's exciting!
  • They are still at 8th generation? Move to 9th gen already.
  • That's not gonna happen until 2020.....
  • We need an AMD ryzen on the surface pro 5.