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Intel Lakefield Hybrid processors discontinued a year after their launch; Comet Lake-U and Ice Lake-U retired too

Intel Lakefield processors offered worse battery life and performance than competing chips. (Image source: Lakefield)
Intel Lakefield processors offered worse battery life and performance than competing chips. (Image source: Lakefield)
Intel has discontinued Comet Lake-U, Ice Lake-U and Lakefield Hybrid processors. Final shipments of these processors will occur in April 2022, but their discontinuation begins now. Intel only launched its Lakefield Hybrid processors in May 2020.

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Intel is retiring several of its recent product series, including last year's Lakefield architecture. Unsurprisingly, Intel has opted to cease production of the Comet Lake-U and Ice Lake-U series, both of which the company has since replaced with Tiger Lake-U.

While Intel has discontinued the three series from today, it will stop shipping these SKUs in April 2022. You can view the SKUs that Intel has retired in the images below. Intel has not explained why it has discontinued these products, although we imagine that 12th Generation Core processors will have started appearing by early Q2 2022.

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(Image source: Intel)
(Image source: Intel)
(Image source: Intel)

Intel only ever launched two Lakefield processors, the Core i3-L13G4 and the Core i5-L16G7. None impressed performance-wise, as the tables below demonstrate. Lakefield processors fall short of their competitors on all counts, whether that be from AMD, Apple or even Intel itself. The Core i5-L16G7 managed only meagre battery life in the Galaxy Book S too, failing to match its Qualcomm-powered twin.

Overall, Lakefield was somewhat of a flop for Intel, which may explain why the company decided to axe it so soon after its release. Hopefully, its next hybrid architecture, Alder Lake, proves more competitive when it launches later this year.

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Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
556 Points ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13 Ryzen 5
Vega 6, R5 4680U, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
451 Points ∼81%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
413 Points ∼74%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
401 Points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy Book S Intel
UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU), i5-L16G7, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
276 Points ∼50%
CPU (Multi Core)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13 Ryzen 5
Vega 6, R5 4680U, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
2478 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
1873 Points ∼76%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1863 Points ∼75%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Core i5
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
1178 Points ∼48%
Samsung Galaxy Book S Intel
UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU), i5-L16G7, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
609 Points ∼25%

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Alex Alderson, 2021-07- 7 (Update: 2021-07- 7)