Intel announced earlier about its new wave of processors for 2013, with the promise that its fourth-gen Intel Core chips would deliver better efficiency and allow for noticeable improvements in battery retention. Now, the new processors have been launched, and will facilitate "new wave of 2-in-1 devices." There’s a real feeling with these "Haswell" chips that Intel has really upped its game. Ivy Bridge was a noteworthy bump from the preceding Sandy Bridge range, but this time the chip maker has upgraded as the biggest ‘generational leap’ it has ever attempted.
Haswell will see laptops and so-called two-in-one hybrids to become even thinner than ever before, and more efficient use of battery, last longer between charges. Many of us struggle to get through more than six hours before warnings begin to appear. With Haswell on board, the stakes will certainly be higher. One particular version of the chips features CPU cores which utilize only 6 watts of power during regular tasks, but the prices will raise more than a few eyebrows.
The promise of up to 50 percent more battery life is very enticing. The 15 watt dual-core i5 and i7 cost $342 and $454, and these are just the wholesale prices offered to manufacturers.
The i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook range cost $250 and $346 respectively, which makes Haswell a full $100 leap from the previous generation. Considering the power benefits and Haswell’s power consumption is low enough for it to be used in "cooler, quieter, fanless designs," there will be plenty of consumers looking to take advantage of Intel’s efforts.