Intel wants the leadership of the lightest laptops, with 12th gen Cores. P and U series

Nicola Ligas

Already announced in the past, Intel today officially launches the Intel Core processors of 12ma generation P series And U series, those intended for light and ultralight laptops (TDP from 28 to 9 Watt). In all it is about 20 new processorswhich we will find on the market since March 2022and with beyond 250 models expected during the year by all major manufacturers (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Samsung etc.).

Following the launch of the fastest gaming processor, we are now expanding the 12th Generation Intel Core processor family to deliver a big leap forward in performance in thin-and-light laptops. From thin, lightweight devices to products with elegant design and performance that will satisfy the enthusiast, we offer consumers and businesses leading performance and advanced technologies.

by Chris Walker, corporate vice president and general manager, Intel’s Mobility Client Platforms

In the following 3 tables you will find a quick summary of the specifications of the Intel Core 12th gen P series and U series, especially i7-1280P, i7-1270P, i7-1260P, i5-1250P, i5-1240P, i3-1220P and i7-1265U / i7-1260U, i7-1255U / i7 -1250U, i5-1245U / i5-1240U, i5-1235U / ¡5-1230U, i3-1215U / ¡3-1210U.

Among the strengths of the new Intel proposals we include:

  • As far as 14 cores (6 P-core, high performance, and 8 E-core, high energy efficiency).
  • Graphics Intel Iris Xe integrated with up to 96 EUs (same number as 11th generation)
  • Support for DDR5 / LPDDR5 and DDR4 / LPDDR4.
  • Multi-threaded performance increased up to 70% higher (i7-1280P vs. i7-1195G7)
  • Almost double the performance of 3d rendering
  • Photo editing up to 30% faster
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Intel IPU6.0 for better image quality and greater videoconferencing efficiency

In a nutshell, after taking a level leap with the integrated graphics in the 11th generation, Intel now presses the accelerator pedal on the most “basic” component of a processor, namely the CPU. Its latest solutions actually look a lot more like SoC that we have known and appreciated in the mobile world, and it is precisely to the ARM architecture that the “big.LITTLE” P-core / E-core configuration is based, which aims to combine performance and autonomy in a way that homogeneous cores could never do.

Too bad that, just as AMD had failed to confront Intel’s 12th generation in the launch of its Ryzen 6000 mobile, so Intel does the same now: we assume it will be up to us the comparison between the two latest solutions of the two chip makers during the reviews of the coming months.