Laptop vendors are left sitting on the sidelines waiting for the next waltz to start

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2018 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: hp, dell, Lenovo, acer, asus, Intel

Intel's delayed release of a new processor is going to have a noticeable effect on the laptop market this year.  As there is little chance of seeing anything new until towards the end of this year, laptop designers will not be able to offer new models for the holidays and will instead have to rework existing products.  DigiTimes suggests we will see trimmed down models with lower price tags to try to entice consumers into purchasing something, as they expect lower demand than we saw last year.  Hopefully some gaming machines may become more affordable, or we will start to see models incorporating AMD's new chips become more common.

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"Global notebook vendors including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek Computer will be unable to launch new models fitted with Intel's new-generation CPUs in the second half of 2018 as scheduled, as the release of Intel's new offerings will not come soon enough for this year's high season, according to industry sources."

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June 27, 2018 | 03:30 PM - Posted by dragosmp (not verified)

I am typing on a laptop identical to the one in your pic; how cool is that; bet you thought it's so ancient that nobody could use it!

Proved you wrong hmmm...

/on topic - they could come with new versions with USB/C charging, slim bezels, 3:2 screens, bigger batteries etc. Things that actually matter! As opposed to .12micron thinner and 1% more CPU clock speed.

June 27, 2018 | 03:31 PM - Posted by dragosmp (not verified)

actually I have an X200, the previous year version. The better one, C2D 45um

June 27, 2018 | 04:35 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

ah, but did you order one custom modded with an i5-8250U like Ken did ... which is where that picture came from? :)

June 27, 2018 | 04:49 PM - Posted by djotter

I came to the comments to ask if this was Ken's custom Thinkpad. I was waiting for you all to taunt him again over his shady vapourware laptop that he bought on Facebook on this week's podcast.

June 28, 2018 | 03:52 AM - Posted by dragosmp (not verified)

Darn corporate firewall can't see the link

But having a 8250 fitted into this frame is sooooo cooool. The battery life should be amazing and probably cooler to boot. 8GB of RAM or more. Actual SATA3 (or dare I hope NVME) speed.

Can't wait to check it out.

June 28, 2018 | 05:04 AM - Posted by RealExascale (not verified)

Still works because it was probably made in USA or Japan before they sold out to Lenovo and started making trash.

Also the captchas on this site are stupid af on a phone.

June 27, 2018 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Hood

New models every year, with new CPUs, are the industry's way of justifying price increases. Good for the industry, but not good for consumers. You said it yourself, now they'll have to lower prices to convince people to buy the same hardware as last year, (which is good for consumers). Let's face it, even with new CPUs, the performance is mostly the same, for a higher price. So I'm not inclined to sympathize with the the OEMs, who make a tidy profit off screwing parts together and abusing us with crapware/bloatware. Let them find an honest way to make a living, for a change.

June 27, 2018 | 07:43 PM - Posted by Rocky123 (not verified)

The whole industry is in such a hurry to get no where fast. We have not had new generations of CPU's every year very often before it has just been the last couple of years. I think both the companies involved and people in general are just to worried about making big bucks every second and the people forgetting that the desktop/laptop market is not the same as the mobile market where you get totally new hardware every few months.

June 27, 2018 | 10:17 PM - Posted by VegaDiscreteMobileOfferingsAreMIA (not verified)

There is some new AMD "APUs" that can much better fill any graphics needs for laptops compared to Intel's currnt in-house graphics offerings. And there are some new 35 Watt Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H mobile offerings. So maybe the remainder of the year can see some gaming laptops. AMD still has yet to bring to market any of its own discrete mobile Vega GPU offerings and it would help if AMD had a few of SKUs before the end of the year.

Currently there are laptops with Desktop Ryzen and Vega 56 on the highest end AMD laptops offerings but what about some regular form factor 15 inch laptops with maybe a Ryzen 7 H series and a 22-30 nCU Discrete mobile Vega GPU and that segement.

June 28, 2018 | 08:54 AM - Posted by Photonboy

What PERCENTAGE of new laptop purchases are made by people who care about having the latest CPU?

I would think that a very high percentage of laptops are made by people who decide they need a laptop so they just go look for what's available and have little to no knowledge of what the latest thing is.

And for the rest is the new Intel CPU going to offer something work waiting for or paying a higher price for?

June 28, 2018 | 10:00 PM - Posted by Odin (not verified)

Well what’s wrong with them finally starting to use AMD, and break the Intel monopoly. Also aren’t the 8th gen Intel CPU’s pretty darn new. Why would we expect 9th gen already. I don’t care so much about CPU as much as features, screen quality (gamut, edge-to-edge), build quality and price. A lot of high priced crap out on the market. Get you QC shit together I say before worrying about the latest CPU and I’m looking at companies like HP and Lenovo here who churn out top dollar crap.

June 29, 2018 | 01:01 PM - Posted by Gunbuster

Good, concentrate on making the current CPU's not thermal bound, sourcing better screens, and putting the webcam at the top of the screen bezel.

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