Intel has officially announced the 7th generation Core processors, named as Kaby Lake processor. Developed for an immersive internet experience, the new generation of processors boast enhanced media media capabilities. The new line-up ‘Kaby Lake’ succeeds Intel’s 6th generation ‘Skylake’ processors, that were introduced in 2015.
With new computers powered by 7th generation Intel Core processors, TV and movie fans will have access to premium 4K (Ultra HD) content streaming from big studios such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Users will also be able to view 4K content being shared on sites like YouTube, and watch it for longer duration on systems powered by Intel’s 7th generation Core CPUs. Along with this, gamers will see a threefold improvement in graphics as compared to a 5-year-old PC.
Kaby Lake also opens the door for Apple to finally upgrade its MacBook Pro computers, after the Cupertino company opted to skip the Skylake architecture altogether with those models. Microsoft’s Surface Book suffered from a number of power management problems relating to Skylake, and other PC manufacturers also had to issue a high number of firmware and driver updates for their Skylake machines.
Intel’s new processor announcements are always a good chance to look ahead to unannounced products, and one of the promises the chip-maker offers is of clamshells “thinner than 10 mm.” That’s even less than the HP Spectre 13. With more than 100 new designs from all the various PC manufacturers already in the pipeline for this year, Intel’s Kaby Lake will find itself in many, if not most, of the computers sold this holiday season.
Laptops and 2-in-1s featuring these new processors should go on sale beginning in early September; well in time for the US thanksgiving and Christmas shopping season. Intel has indicated that many of these will be thinner than previous models and will also feature its Real-Sense cameras to support Windows Hello authentication, and the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 peripheral interface.