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TechnologyDell’s latest XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops feature Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Gen CPUs

23:30  21 august  2019
23:30  21 august  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Intel's 10th-gen CPUs for powerful ultraportables will reach six cores

Intel's 10th-gen CPUs for powerful ultraportables will reach six cores The big selling point with Intel's first 10th-gen Core processors is the company's new 10nm architecture, the result of a long journey towards shrinking down its production process. It's a much more efficient design, which will lead to both power savings and better performance. But the next batch of 10th-gen chips, codenamed "Comet Lake," won't be taking advantage of that new technology. Instead, they're more powerful 14nm chips meant for heavier workloads in thin and light machines. This time around, Intel has finally brought a six-core/12-thread chip into the U-series family, the Core i7-10710U. That processor will feature a base clock of 1.

Dell has announced a refresh of its XPS 13 laptop ahead of IFA 2019, and each configuration will be built with Intel’s new U-series Comet Lake 10th Gen processors. The most affordable model starts at $899 and features the Intel Core i3-10110U. Dell will offer a high-end model with the souped-up hexacore Intel Core i7-10710U CPU beginning in October.

Dell’s latest XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops feature Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Gen CPUs

All XPS 13 configurations use LPDDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM, which is slightly disappointing since Intel’s new 10th Gen CPUs support faster LPDDR4x RAM. This aside, having a more capable, efficient processor in the best laptop you can buy is a good thing. If you’re in the market for the XPS 13, I’d recommend waiting at least until these hit shelves next week.

Dell's XPS 13 now comes with the latest Intel 10th-gen processors

Dell's XPS 13 now comes with the latest Intel 10th-gen processors Intel has unveiled its 10th-gen Core processors for ultraportable laptops, so naturally, there are some new laptop announcements, too. Probably the best known ultraportable is Dell's XPS 13, and that model can now be purchased with Intel's 10th-generation, six-core U-series Core i7 CPUs, Dell announced. While these aren't the 10-nanometer chips you might have been waiting for, Intel has promised overall speed gains in the realm of 16 percent compared to 9th-gen CPUs. The new XPS 13 also packs the Killer AX1650 2x2 Intel WiFi 6 chipset, boosting WiFi speeds by up to three times.

Dell also notes that its XPS 13 2-in-1 is now available. It’s the first laptop to be Project Athena-certified, guaranteeing nine hours of battery life thanks to Intel’s Ice Lake 10th Gen CPUs.

These announcements are as much about Intel as they are Dell, as several other laptop models from Dell’s Inspiron and Vostro lineups will soon start shipping with 10th Gen CPUs inside. But one of the other standouts is the Inspiron 14 7000 and Inspiron 7000 13-inch 2-in-1 laptops, which ship on October 1st starting at $929.99 and $849, respectively.

Both machines feature 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs and look similar at first glance, but there are some major differences. The 2-in-1 will ship in 13-, 15-, and 17-inch configurations, with the latter two sizing options featuring DDR4 RAM and being configurable with Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. However, if you want the one that has slimmer bezels, and has USB-C charging instead of relying on the proprietary 4.5mm barrel charger, the Inspiron 14 7000 might be a better fit for you.

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Lenovo just launched its first Project Athena notebook, powered by Intel’s next-gen processors.
Intel a few days ago unveiled the new Comet Lake 10th-gen chips that will power all sorts of notebooks later this year. Siblings of the Ice Lake processors that Intel unveiled earlier this year, Comet Lake chips will bring support for more cores, more RAM of the faster and more efficient variety, as well as faster Wi-Fi 6 support. These chips will power a special set of laptops that Intel certifies under the “Project Athena” program that was announced back at CES 2019. Project Athena machines are supposed to be ultraslim, light devices that feature all-day battery life, always-on internet, and AI support.

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