During the Intel Keynote presentation today at IDF Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, demonstrated several upcoming Kaby Lake 2-in-1 prototypes from HP and Dell. While no concrete details about the 7th Generation of Intel Core products lines were given, we were offered a couple of bits of information to tide the hype until a full launch.

On the stage, support for HEVC Main10 Profile was announced with 7th Gen, although it was unclear if this was decode only or encode as well. This is still a step up from Skylake support, where Main10 required hybrid hardware/software decoding acceleration. Moving it into hardware for Kaby Lake will help with performance and power consumption, particularly of 4K content where HEVC vs. H.264 differences are bigger than Full-HD. The demo on stage showed GoPro software taking 4K data from six cameras and being able to switch between the content of each camera without stuttering or delay, on a 2-in-1 mobile device.

For gaming, we were treated to a demonstration of Overwatch being run off of the 7th Gen IGP. That being said, it was not mentioned what the resolution or quality the game was running at, and V-Sync was not enabled.

Intel clarified that the demos on the stage were from their highest performance CPUs, but the fact that only 2-in-1s were on display demonstrates that Kaby Lake will be focused on mobile first. The HP and Dell prototypes also add to the ASUS prototypes we saw at Computex earlier in the year. Intel stated that 7th Gen CPUs are already in the hands of partners, ready for production devices, and we should expect to see them in the hands of consumers this autumn.  Again, given the focus, it seems we will encounter Kaby Lake in mobile form factors (4W and 15W) before anything on desktop.

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  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    well guess what? intel makes that 8 core chip for you. So stop complaining that intel doesnt make one.

    Yes, it costs more, but a 8 core CPU is a niche product.
  • patel21 - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    If they can deliver performace equal to an i3 with a solid gpu power, at around 60% of i3's cost. Then I can say, that they're back in GAME
  • melgross - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    Amd's chips are never as good as the claim before they arrive. When are people going to learn that? It's not as though it's unusual.
  • retrospooty - Thursday, August 18, 2016 - link

    Exactly... Well not "never" but not in the past decade, so point taken. Anything AMD says pre-release should be taken with a huge grain of salt. None of it means anything until retail units are independently tested. Pre-release performance goals and/or claims mean nothing. Cherry picked engineering samples running cherry picked benchmarks mean nothing.
  • lilmoe - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

  • Cliff34 - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    I was hoping it will have better efficiency but I doubt it given lack of info from the marketing side.
  • III-V - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    You should have expected that anyway... mobile's been the focus for over a decade now.
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    "disappointingly small and incremental IPC improvements"

    That's already happening even if they announce improvements (depending on the perspective). This time they announced exactly NO improvements to the CPU core, so don't expect any IPC improvement and simply 100 to 200 MHz more on some models, maybe accompanied by small power savings due to optimizations.
  • extide - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    Yeah I doubt we will see much gains in KL vs SKL as far as IPC or clockspeed goes. This is really more of a refresh but with a new version number slapped on. Kinda like a rebrand in the GPU world, but with some new features (codesc) and stuff. We will see, I guess, when benchmarks come out.
  • yannigr2 - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    @Ian Cutress

    Any indications about Adaptive Sync support?

    I would expect Intel, with those pathetic integrated GPUs, to be happy to support it, especially now that FreeSync(Adaptive Sync) monitors are everywhere.

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