After a rocky 10th gen debut, Intel is ready to start over again with its 11th gen Tiger Lake series. Early results are promising with integrated Xe graphics outperforming even the GeForce MX350, at least according to Intel. Major OEMs like Lenovo, Asus, and MSI are already preparing to launch their latest laptops all equipped with Intel 11th gen CPUs by October at the earliest. One important detail, however, remains a mystery.
Though we have a good idea on how the first Tiger Lake laptops will perform, we still have no idea how much they will actually cost. The first Ice Lake laptops launched late last year for a hefty $1500 USD including the Lenovo Yoga C940, Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, and Razer Blade Stealth. If that's anything to go by, then the first Tiger Lake laptops might be just as costly.
High price points could weaken the potential impact of Tiger Lake especially when considering that current Ryzen 7 4700U laptops are able to offer almost the same performance for hundreds of dollars less. The Ryzen-powered Asus VivoBook Flip 14, for example, retails for just $700 USD and that's before all the deals that outlets will inevitably push to make room for Tiger Lake units.
Intel has a decent chance at taking back the performance crown from AMD with Tiger Lake, but performance-per-dollar will more than likely still favor AMD for the foreseeable future.