It’s raining Intel Skylake upgrades of Windows notebooks and convertibles currently powered by Broadwell SoCs, some of which could go on sale as soon as next month.
Technically, Lenovo, HP, Dell and Asus are yet to officially launch products based on the Skylake microarchitecture. But a slew of super-advanced 13-inch ultraportable PCs is coming, and the differences between them look marginal.
First up, Lenovo’s versatile Yoga 900s should replace the $1,089 and up Yoga 3 Pro, which features Core M processing power, 8GB RAM and up to 512GB solid state storage. The multimode new laptop will also cap off at 512 gigs in the SSD department and 8 as far as random-access memory goes, essentially “only” improving CPU and GPU performance, as well as energy efficiency, courtesy of Skylake.
Specifically, your choice of two top-of-the-line sixth-gen Intel Core chips – either the i7-6500U or i5-6200U.
The latter silicon shall beef up the next-gen HP Spectre x360 too, with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD apparently in tow. Surely, higher-end configurations will be provided to power users, although the i5 variant prematurely revealed online is by no means a featherweight, given it further touts a trio of USB 3.0 connectors, premium Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, HDMI and mini DisplayPort.
Meanwhile, the soon-to-be-revised Dell XPS 13 and Asus Zenbook UX303 are more conventional and less adjustable, which usually translates into a higher degree of affordability. In the latter’s case, the 1,920 x 1,080 pix res display should also drive the price down, even if the rest of the specs feel positively dreamy.
Core i7 Skylake punch, 8GB RAM, 256GB solid state drive, optional dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 940M graphics, you name it, the upcoming Dell XPS 13 will offer it. The same goes for the Zenbook UX303UB, which ups the ante in the screen resolution division with 3,200 x 1,800 pixels.
It’s perhaps needless to point out the entire quartet shall run Windows 10 software off the bat, and specific pricing and availability details will come out over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.