IFA 2018 is here, and to go along with the wealth of new laptops that will presumably be announced over the next few days, Intel is taking the wraps off its latest 8th-Gen processors. There are three new Whiskey Lake U-series chips (Intel’s mid-range line for laptops), and, for the first time, there are three 8th-Gen Amber Lake Y-series processors.
Intel promises that it will result in dramatically faster internet speeds, especially apparent on the cheaper, mid-range laptops that may not have been able to offer those kinds of speeds before. Also being added to the new Y-series and U-series chips is built-in support for virtual assistants like Cortana and Alexa. So you should expect to see the digital assistants cropping up on more laptops in the near future.
To be clear, these aren’t Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake chips that have been anticipated for some time, nor are they the rumored 9th-Gen chips that the company is expected to launch for desktops on October 1st.