References to Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U'-powered Lenovo Yoga 730 and IdeaPad 730S notebooks surface online
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Intel's 'Whiskey Lake-U' is expected to be the successor to 'Kaby Lake-R' and we might see laptops sporting the new Core i5-8265U and the Core i7-8565U debut at IFA this year. We've seen specifications of the Asus ROG GL503 leak recently and now we are seeing names of new Lenovo laptops pop-up on B2B sites. The newly listed Lenovo laptops include the s730, Yoga 730, and the IdeaPad 730S.
The Lenovo s730 and the IdeaPad 730S seem to sport almost identical specifications — a 13.3-inch FHD display, Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 256 GB SSD. The Lenovo s730 moniker sounds a bit strange. It could be that this is actually a Core i5 variant of the Yoga 730. Both carry '13IWL' in their model numbers. The 'IWL' stands for Intel Whiskey Lake. Neobits lists the IdeaPad 730S at around US$1,225 but the product cannot be added to the cart at this time.
The Lenovo Yoga 730, on the other hand, has a 13.3-inch FHD touch display, Intel Core i7-8565U, 8 GB DDR4 2400 RAM, 512 GB PCIe SSD, and a fingerprint reader. Apart from these brief specifications, no other information is provided.
Both the Core i5-8265U and the Core i7-8565U are 4C/8T parts and sport a modest 15W TDP making them highly power-efficient. They are still based on the 14nm++ process and if our previous performance comparison of the 8th gen 'Kaby Lake-R' and 7th gen 'Kaby Lake' is anything to go by, the new 'Whiskey Lake-U' chips should be more than adequate for light gaming when paired with a capable GPU such as the NVIIDA GeForce GTX 1050.
Although Lenovo is already having the IdeaPad 330-15ICN that sports an Intel 10nm 'Cannon Lake' Core i3-8121U, Intel's delays with 10nm production meant that this CPU is rather unremarkable and is more of a test bed for both Intel and Lenovo. Therefore, 'Whiskey Lake-U' will continue to be a 14nm++ part and hopefully, we will get to see more 'Cannon Lake-U' CPUs in Q3 2019 if everything goes well at Intel.