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Intel IFA 2015 Press Conference: Core M, RealSense, Gaming and Project Tango

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Intel kicked off proceedings at IFA 2015 with an introduction to its 6th-generation Intel Core processors.

“This is a once-every-decade moment,” explained Intel senior vice president Kirk Skaugen.

Intel sees this as a real-time transition for PC users going from slow and large five-year-old laptops to faster and slicker two-in-one systems.

With more than a billion three-year-old PCs and half a billion five-year-old PCs around, Intel believes now is the time for consumers to forget about tablets and buy into hybrid devices.

“There’s no longer any reason to wait and buy a tablet – why do you need to buy a tablet at all any more with these two-in-ones?” asked Skaugen. "By comparison, these new PCs are half as thin, half the weight, come with three times the battery life, 2.5x the performance and up to 30x graphics performance," when compared to older PCs.

The company showed off three upgraded Core M processors – M3, M5 and M7 – again matching the Core i3, i5 and i7. This will make it easy for consumers to understand the power on offer in these thin, fanless systems and Core M-powered compute sticks.

Intel VP Kirk Skaugen

Intel moved on to talk about PC gaming and the power that its upcoming Iris graphics will provide. A small Gigabyte-built set-top PC using Iris graphics is, Intel claims, as powerful as 80% of discrete graphics cards on the market right now.

Intel is continuing its crusade against passwords with True Key and Windows Hello, new to Windows 10. Available for download for free, True Key uses Intel’s newest 3D RealSense cameras to use your face as an ultra-secure unlocking method. Unlike with normal cameras, you won’t be able to trick your way into a RealSense PC with a printout of a photo.

Next, to the death of wires. Intel is keen on moving us all to a common connector with USB-C Thunderbolt, something Apple has already jumped on with the new MacBook. “This is coming mainstream into next-generation two-in-ones.”

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Project Tango gaming phone

Intel covered a whole range of its business at its IFA 2015 press conference, including Google’s Project Tango combined with a RealSense camera for better spatial awareness and augmented-reality applications, as well as Intel Curie and the Internet of Things.

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