As part of this year’s Virtual Computex show, Intel revealed the new features of its 11th-generation mobile processor lineup. These processors are based on Intel’s Evo platform with integrated Iris Xe graphics and WiFi 6. The company also announced a 5G modem for connection on future Windows machines.
The new Core i7-1195G7 and Core i5-1155G7 chips are part of Intel’s U-series processors, with speeds up to 5GHz. Intel claims that the application performance of these processors is 25% higher than the competition. Specifically, Intel is competing with AMD’s Ryzen processor, which has recently become more popular in Windows machines. Intel also advertises that laptop manufacturers can optimize their new processors to provide “up to 8 times the transcoding speed and up to twice the video editing speed.” Here are the details:
- Core i7-1195G7: 4 cores/8 threads, basic clock 2.9GHz (1-2 cores maximum turbo boost 5.0GHz, all cores 4.6GHz), up to DDR4 3200Hz memory
- Core i5-1155G7: 4 cores/8 threads, basic clock 2.5GHz (1-2 cores maximum turbo boost 4.5GHz, all cores 4.3GHz), up to DDR4 3200Hz memory
The new Core i5 and i7 processors include compatibility for Wi-Fi 6/6E connections, so you can finally use the new mesh router. They are paired with Intel’s Iris Xe graphics chip to allow casual PC gamers to play through some of the best games available in the backup catalog. Iris Xe is essentially a laptop GPU built for the current generation of processors. We previewed The 11th generation CPU with integrated graphics, and the Iris Xe’s frame rate is impressive compared to the previous integrated graphics series, showing the ability to run some of the latest games at low resolution.
But crucially, the performance of Xe integrated GPU also greatly exceeds Intel’s current UHD Graphics 630, which has an average speed of 17 fps, and still greatly exceeds Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Graphics 25 W version. The average speed of the latter is 33 fps. Xe is not 1080p at 60 fps, but it is impressive to get the same frame rate at a higher resolution than the previous Iris graphics. This is an integrated GPU! This is not something you need to pay a premium for a discrete Nvidia graphics card in a gaming laptop. This is the kind of chip you will find in a typical $1,000 Dell or HP laptop, and it makes gaming possible, albeit with lower visual quality.
Intel said it expects more than 60 devices based on the new Intel Core i5 and i7 will be on the market by the holiday season. This includes machines from manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI. The first batch of new machines will be on sale as early as this summer.
Another major announcement made by Intel is the 5G modem for notebook computers, the Intel 5G Solution 5000.The modem has been certified by 5G operators worldwide, thanks in part to Intel’s and China Mobile, MediaTek, Dokomo, And HP. The company said that it expects to have more than 30 machines equipped with 5G modems by 2022, and Acer, Asus, and HP will be among the first manufacturers to provide it in their laptops.
Since the wireless speeds promised by 5G are similar to the speeds you get in a wired environment, it will be interesting to see if integrated modems become a selling point for laptops as the specifications become more available. Imagine a series of flagship laptops capable of quickly rendering and uploading high-resolution video while you are out-it sounds right in front of you.