Looks like Intel & Qualcomm are going to be head-on with their processors, especially with the recent announcement from Intel about 8th generation Intel Core Processor family which company claims to be 40% better, and supports 4K content. Intel says it is more than just about being 4K. This family of the processor is focusing on Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and will also cater to 15w mobile series.
Qualcomm recently announced its 450 Mobile Platform which will bring tons of improvement for Dual Camera on budget phones, and SnapdragonTM 800 series processors support the ultimate 4K user experience which will ultimately help in VR and MR.
Coming back to Intel’s announcement, the processor will improve the browsing speed using its Intel Speed Shift technology, and for PCs, it will support Windows Modern Standby to wake up the machine without having to wait for very long. Here is the list of other things:
- Media engine is designed to handle VP9, HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration.
- Offers up to 10 hours of 4K UHD local video playback. This is on a single charge.
- Support Windows Hello & facial recognition.
- Intel Online Connect Technology will enable two-factor authentication using security features.
- USB Type-C will make sure high-speed transfers.
- These processors are Microsoft Mixed Reality ready. So when you get VR headset, you will be able to use it out of the box.
These processors will come to the market beginning in September with i5/i7 processors. It will also include first 10 nm products.
Now here is another way to look at it. It is refreshed version of Kaby Lake architecture. The improvement is because of 2 extra cores for all its chips which bring 8th gen chips to offer 4 cores/8 threads. The same goes for its GPU as it remains unchanged from the previous model and it’s about CPU improvement.