Intel announces new U-series and Y-series 8th generation core processors

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Intel has unveiled the latest additions to its family of 8th-gen processors, promising faster Wi-Fi and longer battery life for laptops using the new U-series and Y-series.

The U-series and Y-series CPUs, previously code-named Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, have been specially designed for midrange laptops and lightweight 2-in-1s laptops respectively.

Earlier today, Intel formally revealed their new 8th Gen Intel Core U-series and Y-series processors.

In fact, Intel claims its new U-series processors can last an estimated 16 hours when the brightness of a unit's display is set to 200nits and a 1080p video is played back.

The tech giant said in a briefing that the CPUs are made to provide better connectivity, mobile performance, longer battery life and improved voice services on PCs.

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They will optimize connectivity in thin, light laptops and in 2-in-1 computers - laptop-tablet hybrids - for the first time, Intel said in a statement. Unlike the U-series chips, the Amber-Lake processors aren't as feature packed and focus mainly on power efficiency and faster WiFi & LTE speeds. Comparing them to processors from five years ago, Intel says we can expect two times better performance for web browsing and content creation.

Laptops with the series U processors will for the first time include Gigabit Wi-Fi, which enables connectivity speeds 12 times faster than previous generations. Together, the fusion of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos transform PCs into entertainment powerhouses. Games such as World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and "World of Tanks work too".

Read the full story by our colleagues over at PC world here.

The new integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi should be a real bonus for road warriors, for which these ultrathin fanless devices will be targeted. These processor will power utra-sleek, thin-and-light designs less than 7 millimeters thick devices. There is also an updated quad-core digital signal processor which acts as the audio processor, so voice recognition and such are supported and improved.

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