Intel’s 10th-generation processors improve on mobile processing in 2019


Here in Berlin, Intel yesterday gave us a look at how devices are going to show improvements thanks to the new-gen processors at its Open House.

A thin and light laptop with enough power to get through the day is criteria for the vast majority of PC users out there today. Laptop OEMS such as Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Dell have great offerings in the market right now but all those devices are about to get a serious upgrade with the new Intel 10th-generation processors.

Looking for Intel 10th-generation laptops? This is the sticker you will see on Project Athena laptops in stores

What is Project Athena?

All laptops that will get the upgrades are part of what Intel called Project Athena. In simple terms, Intel set a list of criteria for thin and light laptops to match in order to be part of Project Athena.

This helps standardise the devices, so that users planning on getting their hands on them are sure that the OEMs will provide exactly what is required.

Project Athena is primarily aimed at people who need processing power on the move without all the extra bulk.

What you get with Intel’s 10th generation?

The latest from the Intel Core family centres itself on real-world usage and comes ready for most scenarios. Whether you need to send an important presentation, game on a flight or edit on Photoshop, an Intel 10th-generation-powered laptop should be able to get the job done.

Iris Plus graphics

Considering who these laptops will be aimed at, the Iris Plus graphics are heavily stressed on.

Gamers will definitely see the benefits of Project Athena while on the go. For example, we were able to get a sneak peek at the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 playing the new Halo title at close to 60fps. A quick look at the laptop showed no significant drop in frame rate and barely any heating issues.

Razer Blade Stealth 13
The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 on display at the Intel Open House during IFA 2019

Creators on the other hand have their own benefits to enjoy. On systems powered by 10th-gen core processors with Iris Plus graphics, they can expect faster media uploading with ThunderBolt 3, 2x faster exporting, full-resolution 10-bit HVEC playback and stutter-free scrubbing.

“All day” battery-life

Intel claims that thin and light laptops with 10th-generation core processors will have unmatched standards of battery-life but this is yet to be tested in real-world use.

Dual screens

Here’s our first look at the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo from this year’s Computex in Taipei
Source: GNTECH Youtube

2019 brought about the innovation of dual screen laptops. The first of its kind is the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo laptop. These come with two 4K displays that are aimed at enabling immense productivity and functionality for creators.

Intel showcased more prototypes it has in the works at its Open House in Berlin. Expecting to see OEMs bringing more such devices in the coming years, Intel’s 10th-generation processors will support dual screen laptops enabling an improved user experience in content creation and gaming.

Intel 10th Generation Dual screen prototype
One of the prototypes Intel showcased at its Open House in IFA 2019, Berlin.

Looking for a new laptop?

So if you’re in the market for a new thin and light laptop, you might want to check out one with a sticker that says “Engineered for Mobile Performance” on it.