The Intel NUC 11 Extreme reportedly delayed until Q1 2021; NUC 11 Performance due for release this month with up to a Core i7-1165G7 and 64 GB of RAM
New Intel NUCs have been a long time coming, with FanlessTech have first reported on the existence of Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon machines in January. Two months on, the website announced that Intel had delayed the release of both devices - perhaps until late 2020. However, FanlessTech now asserts that only one new NUC will arrive this year.
In a brief post, Fanless Tech stated that Panther Canyon remains 'on track' for being announced in December. The release of Phantom Canyon has slipped to Q1 2021 at the earliest, though. FanlessTech has not offered a reason for the new delay.
To recap, Intel is expected to sell Panther Canyon as the NUC 11 Performance and Phantom Canyon as NUC 11 Extreme. Both machines will feature up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and Tiger Lake-U series processors, but Phantom Canyon will support dedicated GPUs. By contrast, Panther Canyon must make do with Tiger Lake's integrated Xe Graphics.
FanlessTech also claims that Intel will offer Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon with the Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7. The processors will be actively cooled, as they are on laptops. FanlessTech states that third-party cases will allow Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon to run passively, though.