Lenovo Legion Y530 gaming laptop will get the GTX 1160 GPU this holiday season
While Nvidia still has not released any official specs or any teaser for the GTX 11 series, there are plenty of sources claiming that the next gen gaming GPUs are scheduled for a Q3 2018 release. As with previous GPU families, first to launch will be the desktop models, and the mobile versions should arrive a few months after. So if the desktop GPUs would launch in August/September, the mobile chips could be featured in gaming notebooks around holiday season. Gigabyte UK confirmed this timeline earlier this year, and now Lenovo confirmed via LaptopMedia that it will also release updated models with the GTX 11 GPUs this November/December.
It seems like only a select few OEMs will be able to integrate the new GTX 11 series in their laptop models this year, with internal sources claiming that Asus and MSI are primed for GTX 11 laptops as well. Lenovo will start shipping the mid-range GTX 1160 solutions initially, and the first model to get the updated specs is the Legion Y530 that was revealed at this year’s E3 event. For more information about the Legion Y530 design and specs, make sure to check our hands-on and first impressions article.
According to LaptopMedia, the mobile version of the GTX 1160 will come with 6 GB of VRAM, most likely GDDR6. Judging by previous installments, there should also be a 3 GB VRAM version. It is still unclear if the sub-US$1,000 price will be maintained with this spec update. The GTX 1170/1180 mobile GPUs should also make an appearance towards the end of the year, but these version are usually reserved for the US$2,000+ gaming laptops.