Intel reveals 8th Gen Intel Core processors with Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds

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That clunky tagline below the CPU sticker is the only way to differentiate the new parts from earlier models.

Intel said that all "Whiskey Lake-U" and "Amber Lake-Y" SKUs sport the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, which provides HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 out at 4K 30Hz and 60 Hz respectively.

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

The new Intel 8th generation U-Series and Y-Series are expected to be available within the third quarter of this year. 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. Intel is including Gigabit Wi-Fi with Wireless-AC for the first time running at 160MHz if you have the wireless router to support it. They also support Wireless-AC at Gigabit speeds and eSIM with Intel Gigabit LTE modems.

The silicon company expects the new Y-series chips will enable thin-and-light designs less than 7 millimeters thick and lighter than 1 pound.

Intel says thanks to its power optimizations, laptops can last up to 16 hours on a single charge, "with power-optimized systems targeted to achieve about 19 hours".

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Intel has also added to the new processors an Audio DSP platform, which supports voice services like those of Alexa and Cortana.

Lastly, the new U-series processor can also support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

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.

The new 14nm architecture is optimized for connectivity in thin and light laptops as well as 2-in-1s promising great performance and battery life.

In its launch presentation, Intel tossed out a flurry of statistics emphasizing the performance edge that its latest mobile CPUs will have over five-year-old PCs.

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.

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