Expected to be available in January 2017, Intel's next generation 7th gen Core processors - codenamed Kaby Lake - looks to expand capabilities for 4K video playback, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support as well as the ability to decode 10-bit HEVC videos. Intel also boasts that the chips will be compatible with the existing 100-series chipsets, so it’ll be an easy upgrade from Skylake compatible mother-boards.
The details of a couple of models have been leaked: the Core i7-7700K and Core i7-7500U. They look to be the flagships of the desktop and laptop ranges respectively.
Rumours suggest the i7-7700 will be a quad-core with HyperThreading – the same configuration Intel has used on all Core i7 chips.
Apollo Lake processors are also due to launch later in 2016. These are expected to allow mobile devices – including laptops, Chromebooks and 2-in-1 tablets – to playback 4K video, have USB-C ports and better battery life. Apollo Lake will also bring support for DDR4 RAM.
Apollo Lake will also offer a 30 percent improvement over Braswell, both for CPU and GPU performance. Battery life is said to be 15 percent longer, thanks to lower power consumption.
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