Delivering Gigabit Wi-Fi to thin and light mainstream laptops for the first time means delivering up to 12-times faster connectivity speeds. So while the claim that these chips are two times faster than a five-year-old system is impressive, it gives us little understanding of their speed compared to 7th-gen CPUs.
Both the U-series and the Y-series are made on Intel's 14nm process; the 9th-gen Core chips on the 10nm process are expected next year.
The Whiskey Lake U-series SKUs are a 15W TDP parts while the other fits the magical 5W TDP range and we had a chance to see a few systems and interesting form-factors at the press event Intel held last night in Berlin, prior to the IFA 2018 trade show.
Today Intel revealed the 8th Gen Core m3, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 mobile processors.
The new integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi should be a real bonus for road warriors, for which these ultrathin fanless devices will be targeted.
XPS 13 2-in-1 with Intel 8th Generation processors will be available September 11 starting at $999.99. The laptop can now be equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor, giving it a new entry point and a lower price tag for those willing to take the step down from a Core i5.
But beyond improved wifi speeds (which is admittedly never a bad thing) and battery life, these new chips don't sound like they're that much faster than the current generation.
While the processors will obviously feature a speed increase, Intel is marketing the Gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity that it has built into its six new chips. The U-series CPUs support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. You'll need drivers to do that, and many AAA games like World of Tanks and World of Warcraft are supported. We can also expect to better natural inputs like stylus and touch as well that would improve the experience of cheaper laptops.
Ultra-sleek, thin-and-light designs less than 7 millimeters thick and lighter than 1 pound for use at home, in the office and on-the-go.