8th Gen Intel Core U-series and Y-series deliver Gigabit Internet

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These new U-series chips from Intel feature an integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi chip for 12x faster connectivity, support USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds and support voice assistants like Alexa and Cortana. All of these improvements comes by way of the 8th Generation platform's new PCH, which integrates a quad-core audio DSP and integrated wireless MAC to support the 802.11AC w/ 160MHz channels.

Intel has two new 8th generation U-series Whiskey Lake and Y-series Amber Lake chips. That's a clunky way to differentiate them, but at least discerning buyers have something to look out for. To help buyers figure out what games they can play, and what settings to use, check out Intel's existing gameplay.intel.com website, which provides a list of compatible games, and suggested resolution and detail level settings based on your exact hardware, including updated setting for these new CPUs.

In its launch presentation, Intel tossed out a flurry of statistics emphasizing the performance edge that its latest mobile CPUs will have over five-year-old PCs. That's not too surprising though, given how far the company's integrated graphics have come.

Intel dwelt on the architecture of the new CPUs ('Whiskey Lake-U', in particular) during the presentation. So the only thing new this generation is Gigabit Wi-Fi support via Intel Wireless-AC.

It remains to be seen whether these processor will replace the Coffee Lake processors Intel just announced in April 2018 or the Kaby Lake-Refresh processor that launched a year ago, or will they just sit alongside the existing two families as an option for users who want to stay connected. The U series include 15W processors, which are used in most mainstream laptops, while the Y-series (5W) tends to be used in the thinnest and lightest devices. The same U-series chips will also support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. An Intel spokesperson also told us we can expect up to 9.5 hours of battery life while playing a 4K 10bit HEVC video on local playback.

Intel also brags that its low-power design will translate into noticeably better battery life.

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