Intel launches 8th gen Core U- and Y-Series mobile processors

Intel launches 8th gen Core U- and Y-Series mobile processors

Intel launches 8th gen Core U- and Y-Series mobile processors

Unlike the new Whisky Lake CPUs, Amber Lake doesn't integrate built-in Wi-Fi modules. They're not something you should ditch your old laptop for, but they do bring some welcome improvements for upcoming mainstream devices. The new XPS 13 2-in-1 comes with Intel's Amber Lake processors, which were announced just a few hours ago.

Rather, today Intel is launching its third-series of 8th Generation mobile processors, promising slightly improved performance over Coffee Lake and much greater focus on connectivity. Intel still considers them part of the 8th generation of processors, a family that has grown increasingly confusing. So your new Whiskey Lake laptop might be able to edit photos "up to 2.9X faster" than your 2013 laptop... but that's not exactly surprising. Both are quad-core designs, in contrast to the i3-8145U, a dual-core part with a base clock speed of 2.1 GHz and a max frequency of 3.9 GHz.

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New U-series processors support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. This is joined in the 5W TDP Y series by the Core i5-8200Y 1.3/3.9GHz and Core i7-8500Y 1.5/4.2GHz, which otherwise share their lower-end stablemates' specifications. These builds were said to deliver "balance for mobility" and "incredible performance" somehow in the same package - aimed at "super thing-and-light devices" that'll also have "fast Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity" to boot.

But performance isn't the headline feature here, as Intel is touting the chips Gigabit integrated WiFi and their use of Intel's Wireless-AC for "faster sharing, streaming and downloading", as well as facilitating battery life up to 16 hours for laptops, based on Intel's own testing of course. The most important example is probably the inclusion of Gigabit Wi-Fi with Intel Wireless-AC in thin and light laptops and 2 in 1 machines. In the three slides below you can see the respective claims for each of these activities - versus the above specced five year old PC.

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In addition to this, the new Y-series and U-series chips have built-in support for virtual assistants like Cortana and Alexa.

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