Asus accidentally leaks Whiskey Lake Core i5 and i7 CPUs for upcoming ROG GL503 refresh
IFA 2018 is still over a month away, but major leaks are already occurring and giving us early previews as to what we can expect during the expo. The latest is a specifications leak courtesy of Asus themselves on the budget ROG GL503 gaming laptop that points towards Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U and i7-8565U processor options.
As shown by our screen capture below, we can expect the new GL503 model to carry next generation Intel U-class CPUs sometime in the near future. The finding is notable because Asus ROG laptops are traditionally equipped with 45 W TDP CPUs. By moving down to 15 W TDP U-class CPUs, the system should hopefully offer a cooler and quieter gaming experience compared to most other gaming laptops. The i5-8250U and i7-8550U Kaby Lake-R CPUs as found on most newer Ultrabooks have proven to be even faster than the i5-7300HQ on many budget gaming laptops. Thus, we don't anticipate the i5-8265U or i7-8565U hindering gaming performance at the GTX 1050 level.
Of course, the listing could also simply be an error on Asus' part. The GL503 was already refreshed earlier this year to include HQ-class Coffee Lake options up from last year's HQ-class Kaby Lake configuration. The specified dimensions (38.4 x 26.2 x 2.4 cm) and weight (2.6 kg) continue to be exactly the same for the unconfirmed Whiskey Lake model to suggest that this would only be an internal refresh if the listing turns out to be true.
While we fully expect Whiskey Lake to make some sort of appearance at IFA this year, we'll have to wait and see if the CPU series is actually coming to the Asus ROG family.
Thanks to reader ascariss for the news tip