Intel's new mobile processors brings faster Wi-Fi and mild performance boosts

At IFA, Intel unveils new 8th Generation mobile CPUs

The new U-series and Y-series chips, formerly code-named Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, respectively, would also provide ultimate mobile performance and long battery life.

On Tuesday afternoon, Intel unveiled the new chips just ahead of the IFA 2018 trade show in Berlin.

The higher-end U-series parts, meanwhile, are comprised of the Core i3-8145U 2C4T at 2.1/3.9GHz, the 4C8T Core i5-8265U at 1.6/3.9GHz, and the 4C8T Core i7-8565U at 1.8/4.6GHz.

The Y-series is designed for much lower power usage, with a TDP of 5 W. All three new processors are dual-core designs: the i7-8500Y, with a base clock speed of 1.5 GHz and a max frequency of 4.2 GHz; the i5-8200Y, running at 1.3 GHz (base) and 3.9 GHz (max); and an m3-8100Y, at 1.1 GHz (base) and 3.4 GHz (max).

Ran Senderovitz, VP in the Client Computing Group holds an 8th Gen Intel Core U-series processor wafer. Compared to a 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor, we supposedly can expect double-digit gains in office productivity for everyday web browsing and light content creation.

At IFA, Intel unveils new 8th Generation mobile CPUs
New Intel chips want to make your laptop connect, work and play better

Because Intel has already shipped some 8th Generation mobile parts without the flashy Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake features, these new CPUs have the potential to cause some customer confusion. So the only thing new this generation is Gigabit Wi-Fi support via Intel Wireless-AC.

In our pre-launch communications we received the basic technical specs (see above), and saw no direct comparisons against the previous generation Core U- and Y-Series parts. Batteries can last up to 16 hours on a single charge, with power-optimized systems targeted to achieve about 19 hours, the statement said.

More importantly, although these new CPUs don't offer any new integrated graphics hardware, Intel says the overall efficiency of these chips, especially compared to the laptops of a few years ago, will offer smoother pen and inking performance and near-real-time 4K video rendering. The U-series CPUs support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

PC makers are announcing new models based on these designs this week at IFA as well.

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