Intel has already refreshed its desktop processor family with a 9th generation Core CPU series culminating in its first-ever 8-core/16-thread chip (Core i9-9900K) for the mainstream market, and pretty soon, the 9th gen moniker will port over to mobile, too. Among them is a new flagship part, the Core i7-9550U.
We don't know all of the fine grain details yet, and really only know the model names, from which we can extrapolate what 8th generation processors (Whiskey Lake-U) each of the upcoming 9th gen ones are meant to replace. Here's what we're looking at:
- Core i7-9550U (replaces Core i7-8565U)
- Core i5-9250U (replaces Core i5-8265U)
- Core i3-9130U (replaces Core i3-8145U)
None of the new 9th gen parts are official, at least in the sense that Intel has not formally introduced them yet. However, the folks at WCCFTech spotted a listing (PDF) on Lenovo's website that references all three models as processor options for its IdeaPad S530, a 2-in-1 laptop with a 13-inch IPS display, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU (Pascal) option.
Here's a snapshot of the listing...
It's interesting that Lenovo lists both 8th gen and 9th gen CPU options. We expect the new CPUs will deliver faster clockspeeds and slightly better performance, and they'll probably offer increased power efficiency as well.
What we don't expect are any jumps in core and thread counts. Both the Core i7 and Core i5 parts are said to be quad-core CPUs with Hyper Threading support, the former with 8MB of L3 cache and the latter with 6MB of L3 cache. And the Core i3 CPU reportedly will be a dual-core chip with 4MB of L3 cache. None of these specs have been confirmed, however.
Information on pricing and availability will have to wait for another day.