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Intel intros 8th gen U-Series and Y-Series laptop processors

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by Kevin Jacoby on 09/07/2018
Blog Category: Devices

Intel has taken the wraps off two new Core processor types designed to boost power and battery life in laptops and 2-in-1 devices.

The new U-Series and Y-Series processors — formerly known as Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, respectively — are part of Intel’s 8th Gen release. That means they operate on the same 14nm lithography as Intel’s most recent desktop and high-performance laptop Core i3, i5 and i7 chips.

Intel U-Series and Y-Series processors

The new Intel U-Series & Y-Series mobile processors

That’s all fine and well, you may be thinking, but what’s in it for my customers? After all, with iteration after iteration tumbling out of Intel’s factories, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is just another set of slightly faster chips.

Only, you’d be wrong.

Consider the following 3 specs:

> 4.6 GHz quad-core with Hyper Threading

> 16-hour battery life

> 15W TDP (thermal design power)

Take any 1 of those specs by itself, and it’s hardly worth mentioning. But combine all 3 in a U-series laptop or 2-in-1 mobile device, and all of a sudden it’s a technological revolution.

It’s a good bet that your customers are looking for a solution like this, whether they know it yet or not. Systems that are thin and light, with heavy-duty computing power, and an all-day battery? Rejoice, mobile workforce, salvation lies within.

A quicker connection

Both of Intel’s new processor sets brings Gigabit WiFi and Gigabit LTE to thin and light devices. Thanks to Intel Wireless AC, users can download files, access virtual software, and conduct high-speed video conferences no matter where they are.

As 802.11ac routers and 5G wireless services proliferate, your customers will be able to jump on to the fastest signal possible. Any sales person who has ever pulled out most of his or her hair waiting for 12GB worth of advertising materials to drip through a mobile wireless modem will understand the value of this feature.

A word about virtual assistants

That word is “Alexa.”

As in, “Alexa, how great is it that Intel’s new processors come with integrated hardware to enable virtual assistants on my customers’ new thin and light laptops and 2-in-1 devices?”

Alexa: “Pretty great.”

Intel’s new U-series and Y-series processors will start showing up in mobile devices this fall. It will come as no surprise that Intel’s marquee launch partners include ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Thin and light productivity is the new name of the game. Are your customers ready to play?

Learn more: View the 8th Gen Intel Core U-Series and Y-Series product brief


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