Laptops and tablets based on Intel’s 7th Generation Core chips code-named Kaby Lake will hit the markets soon. On Wednesday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced during the earnings call that the chip maker is now shipping the Kaby Lake chips to PC makers. Usually systems with the new processors hit the market a few months after Intel ships the chips.
Should you wait for Intel’s Kaby Lake chips?
Kaby Lake succeeds the current core processors named Skylake. According to Krzanich, the new chip has the underpinnings of Skylake, won’t be too small in size, and will definitely help with more speed over its predecessor. However, this raises the question of whether to wait for the Kaby Lake or upgrade to a Skylake PC now. Experts usually advise consumers to buy a PC as the need arises instead of waiting for the next improvement.
Nevertheless, the Kaby Lake PCs will come in some interesting shapes and sizes. Intel usually gives priority to the Core M versions of a new processor first, suggesting some revolutionary mobile designs, says PC World.
Competition from AMD chips
Kaby Lake will face strong competition from AMD’s chips code-named Bristol Ridge, which reached a handful of PCs earlier this year. Though Intel’s chips perform the best at safeguarding a laptop’s battery, the AMD chips excel at graphics.
Originally, Skylake was to be followed by Cannonlake, a 10-nanometer shrink of Skylake, but Intel decided to push out its 10-nanometer plans and launch Kaby Lake as its short-term product with some twisted designs in order to enhance its sales.
No announcement from key PC makers
Last month at Computex, Asus introduced Transformer 3, which in many ways resembles Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets and runs on Kaby Lake. It features a 12.6-inch screen, is 6.9 millimeters thick and weighs 695 grams. The model could be equipped with a 512 GB SSD and up to 8 GB of RAM. Asus has priced it at $799.
Kaby Lake PCs haven’t been declared by any other key PC makers yet. Lenovo and Acer are the two brands that will hold PC-related conferences before the IFA trade show in Berlin in early September. Also the Kaby Lake PCs can be showcased next month at the Intel Developer Forum. According to the chip maker, 400 devices with Kaby Lake will soon become available. Microsoft Surface PCs and Apple’s MacBooks could get the Kaby Lake chips.