Intel has announced the 7th Gen Intel Core processor, called Kaby Lake. As per Intel, it has partnered with more than 100 different 2 in 1s and laptops powered by 7th Gen Intel Core to be available starting in September through this holiday season. Also the chip maker claimed that some of the “new 7th Gen Intel Core PCs are thinner than a phone, with the full performance expected from a PC!”
The new Kaby Lake processor will come in 4 variants, Intel Core m3, Core i3, Core i5, and the Core i7. Additionally, there will be also a couple of more variants namely a Y-series and U-series which will help directly integrate the platform input/output controllers for USB 3.0, SATA ports, and SDXC ports into the processor. The variations are actually in their base and all the processors have dual core parts.
The 7th generation Kaby Lake processors are reported to be 10 times more efficient in terms of performance per watt than the first generation. In addition to this, according to Intel’s benchmarks, web performance is improved by 19 percent whereas the productivity apps are said to be 12 percent faster. With the Kaby Lake processor, Intel has moved to Process-Architecture-Optimization (PAO). Well, these differences are very unlikely be noticed by a normal user in the day-to-day usage.
A new Intel processor launch means there may be new machines to run on them as well. During the launch, Intel also hinted that a new laptop which will be less than 10mm thick will be launched this year. Recently we saw some similar aggressive designs in Dell XPS and HP Sprectre 13. To conclude it will be safe enough to mention that the new Kaby Lake processors will make way to various OEMs by the end of this year and you never know, maybe Apple include these in its new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
Kaby Lake’s predecessor, the Skylake processor series was introduced with Microsoft Surface Book but users registered a number of power management issues and never ending firmware and driver updates. The Kaby Lake processors are promised to resolve these issues bringing in a smoother experience even when watching 4K videos, facial recognition and 360-degree videos.