Intel’s next-gen chips are expected to hit the streets in the second half of 2017… which could mean any day now. So maybe it’s not surprising that we’re starting to see laptops powered by Intel Coffee Lake chips.
Well actually yeah, it is a little surprising since Intel has yet to officially announce any Coffee Lake model numbers, specs, or release dates. But that hasn’t stopped some retail sites such as France’s Rue Du Commerce from showing listings for an Acer Swift 3 notebook with an Intel Core i5-8250U Coffee Lake processor.
The 15 watt chip is described as a 1.6 GHz processor with turbo boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz. And it’s expected to be a 14nm processor, much like Intel’s last few generations of chips. The company is expected to move to a 10nm process next year.
Interestingly, some leaks indicate the chip will be a quad-core processor (without hyperthreading, which means 4 cores = 4 threads), while others suggest it’ll have 4 logical cores, which would probably mean it’s a dual-core chip with two physical cores and hyperthreading support so that 2 cores = 4 threads.
If this is actually a quad-core chip, it’d be one of the first Intel Core U-series processors to have four physical cores. But we may have to wait a little longer to find out for certain.
As for the Acer Swift 3, it seems like the Coffee Lake model is an updated version of a laptop Acer recently launched featuring Kaby Lake processor options.
The Cofee Lake version is said to feature a 14 inch full HD display, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage. And if the Rue Du Commerce page is correct, it’ll sell for about 1099 Euroes in Europe.