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The upcoming Intel Tiger Lake mobile processors will likely launch on 2 September, ushering in a new generation of laptops. 

Tiger Lake represents the 11th Generation of U- and Y-Series Intel mobile chips. Succeeding the current Ice Lake processors, it’s expected to be designed exclusively for ultra-portable computers, and so will likely feature in 13- and 14-inch laptops such as the Dell XPS, Surface Laptop and Acer Swift.

It’s likely we’ll likely have to wait longer for 11th Generation H-Series processors to arrive (which are typically used for content-creation and gaming laptops), with the 10th Gen versions launching earlier this year.

While there’s yet to be an official launch, Intel has provided a sneak peek at some of the most notable features, which you can see below.

  • Will be based on the new 10nm Willow Cove architecture
  • Xe graphics allows for improved performance for casual gaming and content creation
  • Will support Thunderbolt 4
  • ‘Massive’ AI performance improvements

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Intel Tiger Lake release date – When will it launch?

Intel Tiger Lake is expected to officially launch at Intel’s upcoming showcase event on 2 September.

Several laptop manufacturers have already confirmed that upcoming devices will feature ‘next-gen Intel processors’, which is almost guaranteed to be in reference to Tiger Lake. From September onward, we expect multiple laptops featuring Intel’s 11th Gen processors to hit stores. Likely culprits include HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and potentially even Microsoft when it announces its own slew of Surface devices in October.

Intel Tiger Lake price – How much will it cost?

Since Intel 11th Gen mobile chips will only be available in pre-built laptops, there is no specific price.

Early signs suggest such laptops will cost around £1000 at least, which is more or less the same cost of the current Ice Lake generation laptops. It’s unclear whether AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops are cheaper at this stage.

Related: Nvidia Ampere

Intel Horseshoe Bend sporting the new Tiger Lake chip

Intel Tiger Lake specs – How powerful will it be?

With the new line, we are expecting to see quad-core and dual-core processors. The chips will remain 10nm, however Intel is describing them as 10nm+ as they are now the 3rd generation of Intel’s processors in that size.

As with most processor generations, we’d expect a performance boost across much of the board for the 11th gen. However, little in the way of exact specs has yet been revealed by Intel.

We at least know that Intel will be debuting its new Xe graphics architecture, which is said to offer a significant performance increased compared to Ice Lake’s integrated graphics. This means you’ll be able to play video games and edit video without a graphics card, within reason of course. Don’t expect to be making 3D models or playing modern AAA games at high frame rates.

Related: What is Thunderbolt 4?

Intel Tiger Lake features

Intel has confirmed that Tiger Lake processors will support the new Thunderbolt 4 connection. While Thunderbolt 4 will share the same maximum 40Gb/s data transfer speed as Thunderbolt 3, it still boasts new features such as being able to support up to two 4K displays simultaneously, guaranteed 32Gbps PCIe bandwidth speed and further improvements to security to prevent physical direct memory access attacks. 

The 11th Gen processor will also include an even greater emphasis on Intel’s AI tech. The new chips will feature DL Boost, which is Intel’s feature for managing complex AI workloads under low power.

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