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Intel Tiger Lake launch window revealed by HP

Following the release of the AMD Ryzen 4000, Intel has some catching up to do when it comes to mobile processors. Back at CES 2020, the company announced its next-gen Tiger Lake chip but we’ve yet to get a full reveal – however, a recent HP launch may have revealed a release window.

At CES 2020, Intel indicated we would see the launch of the new chip before the year was out. Now, the recent reveal of the HP ZBook Create seems to have given us a more specific time frame for the next-gen processor.

Aside from the release date, there’s still plenty we don’t know – but also plenty we do. From knowing the “new” 10nm+ architecture and expected support for Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6 to not yet knowing detailed specs and pricing.

Read on for our comprehensive Trusted Reviews guide on the Intel Tiger Lake chip, including the full details of its expected release date.

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Intel Tiger Lake

Intel Tiger Lake release date – When will Tiger Lake launch?

While Intel is yet to provide official confirmation of a release date for Tiger Lake itself, the recent announcement of the HP ZBook Create stated it would feature next-gen Intel Core processors and is set to launch in August 2020. We reached out to both HP and Intel to inquire as to whether this was referring to its upcoming Ice Lake successor.

HP stated:

“Unfortunately, all we can say at this time is the ZBook Create / Studio have Intel Core and Intel Xeon next gen processors that are coming soon.”

Intel maintained it does not yet have anything to share regarding an upcoming launch just yet, but with the Intel 10th H-Series chip launch just gone, a reference to a “Intel Core … next gen processors” would seem unlikely to point to anything other than Tiger Lake.

The HP ZBook Create is set for release in August 2020, meaning Tiger Lake would need to be revealed between now and then ahead of the new laptop being available to customers.

Intel Tiger Lake price – How much will Tiger Lake cost?

Without a release date announced, we seem a decent way away from pricing for the new Intel line being revealed.

For now, we can only speculate. The new generation will span a range of chips and we would expect the processors to be priced similarly to its Ice Lake predecessors.

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Intel Horseshoe Bend

Intel Horseshoe Bend sporting the new Tiger Lake chip

Intel Tiger Lake specs – How powerful will Tiger Lake 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.

The first big indicators we’ve gotten of performance have come courtesy of recent 3DMark benchmarking leaks. 

Known leaker @_rogame showed off testing carried out on the “11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz 4C/8T 2.8GHz base” – an expected SKU of Tiger Lake: 

While an earlier leak, also via @_rogame as well as @Tum_Apisak, showed 3DMark TimeSpy results for the Intel Core i7-1185G7 – another SKU:

The new generation is also expected to support new Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6 standards alongside some speculation that the next-gen chips could even support the new LPDDR5 RAM and PCIe 4.0 connections.

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Intel Tiger Lake features

A key feature will be the introduction of its new Xe graphics architecture. Xe is expected to push integrated graphics on Intel processors even further – allowing for enhanced gaming, video and photo performance on slim and portable systems.

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

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