Intel Amber Lake Y-Series Mobile Processor Details Leak With Up To 4.2GHz Boost

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Intel is nearly ready to roll out a new family of low-power Core Y-Series processors, and they could find their way into a number of popular devices in the coming months. There are three processors SKUs that have been revealed, and they all fall under the Amber Lake family.

According to Romanian website NextLab501, the three processors will officially launch during the third quarter and are considered part of the 8th generation Core family. All three processors are dual-core parts, HyperThreading-enabled, and incorporate Intel HD Graphics 615:

Core m3-8100Y 
  • Base Clock: 1.1GHz
  • All-Core Boost: 2.7GHz
  • Single-Core Boost: 3.4GHz
Core i5-8200Y
  • Base Clock: 1.3GHz
  • All-Core Boost: 3.2GHz
  • Single-Core Boost: 3.9GHz
Core i7-8500Y 
  • Base Clock: 1.5GHz
  • All-Core Boost: 3.6GHz
  • Single-Core Boost: 4.2GHz

We can immediately think of two product lines that could take advantage of these chips: Microsoft's Surface Pro and Apple's MacBook. The Surface Pro is currently available with a Core m3-7Y30 in its base configuration, which would likely be replaced with the Core m3-8100Y. 

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The current generation MacBook (Retina) is powered by either a Core m3-7Y32, Core i5-7Y54 or Core i7-7Y75. The three new Core Y-Series would be proper replacements to give the MacBook some speed gains across the board with processors based on Intel's 14nm++ process. In addition to these new processors, it's highly likely that the MacBook refresh will also gain the new third-generation butterfly keyboard design with silicon membrane found on the 2018 MacBook Pros.

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However, it's likely that one of the first products to use these new processors will be Dell's refreshed XPS 13 2-in-1. Dell's Chilean website was recently updated to refer to Core i5-8200Y and Core i5-8500Y processor options.