Intel introduces ‘best ever’ processor

Thinner laptops with longer battery life predicted with new Intel ‘Skylake’ processor unveiled Tuesday.

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By enabling longer battery life, better graphics and low power consumption, the chips are expected to bring new thinness to laptops and notebook-tablet hybrids without sacrificing computing ability.  The industry has been talking for a long time about having PCs that have the characteristics of tablets,” said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy. “I feel like for the first time we are there.”  He said the new chips mean that manufacturers will be able to make laptops that are very thin and light — with all-day battery life and touch screens — that are priced between $499 and $699. “Before, you would have had to pay $1,000 to $1,500 to get this level of capability,” Moorhead said.  The degree of Skylake’s success should show where the PC business is headed, he and other analysts agreed.  Intel is hoping that the combination of the new chips — officially called 6th Gen Intel Core — and Windows 10, which was released this summer, will reignite the slumping PC market.    The Santa Clara chip giant noted that there are an estimated 1 billion PCs that are 3 years old, and 500 million 4 to 5 years old, or even older, that need replacing. That’s assuming their owners want something newer.

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