A new 11th generation, known as 'Tiger Lake' was officially launched in September 2020, promising big steps forward over its predecessor. Here's everything you need to know.
Intel Tiger Lake release date
Intel initially unveiled Tiger Lake back at CES in January 2020, but it wasn't until 2 September that it was officially launched.
The chips are designed to be integrated into future laptop designs, so they won't be on sale as standalone components. Going straight to OEMs means there isn't a fixed release date.
Intel Tiger Lake price
As mentioned above, the chips won't be available to buy unless you purchase a laptop which has one built-in. The price you'll pay is therefore dependent on which device you choose and how powerful you want it to be.
Intel Tiger Lake devices
The first wave of Tiger Lake-powered devices were announced at IFA 2020, including the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G and Acer's Swift 5 and Swift 3. A wide range of laptops running 11th-gen CPUs are expected before the end of 2020.
Moving forward, expect many of the top manufacturers to use Tiger Lake chipsets on their upcoming laptops, particularly those with an emphasis on portability. Indeed, nearly all the entries in our best laptop chart have options for Intel Core processors, and we don't expect that to change with 2021 release.
Intel claims that more than 150 designs are in development, with the Galaxy Book Flex 5G one of 20 eligible for the company's new Evo Platform.
Intel Tiger Lake specs
Despite being based on the same 10nm+ manufacturing process as the last two generations of Intel Core chips, Tiger Lake is set to provide significant enhancements.
The layout of the chip has been redesigned, which Intel says will provide enhancements in both power efficiency and raw performance. The company claims that Tiger Lake 20% faster speeds for "office productivity" tasks and 20% more "system power".
The latter expected to help deliver improvements to battery life, one of the key criteria in the aforementioned Evo Platform. In addition to including a Tiger Lake chipset, eligible devices must also hit a specified performance threshold, instantly wake and deliver at least 9-hours of "real-world" battery life.
Intel has stuck with the 4 cores and 8 threads we've seen in the past few years, prioritising a boost to clock speeds. The increases become more noticeable as you move through the tiers, with the new Core i7-1185G7 offering up to 4.8GHz compared to 3.9GHz on last year's i7-1065G7.
Most new Tiger Lake chips will also come with one of Intel's new Xe graphics cards built-in. The company claims this will double performance compared with last year's Gen11 graphics.
Last, but very much not least, Tiger Lake will support Thunderbolt 4. It's the first platform of its type to support the new technology, which enables rapid file transfer and the ability to output up to 8K, or four 4K displays at once.