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These are some of the Ice Lake and Project Athena laptops that can be expected this year apart from the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1

Who's up for a wooden HP Envy 13 powered by Intel Ice Lake? (Source: HP)
Who's up for a wooden HP Envy 13 powered by Intel Ice Lake? (Source: HP)
News about laptops powered by Intel 10th gen Ice Lake processors has been far and few in between save for the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1. We list some of the Ice Lake-powered laptops we expect to see this year and some of these could get grace the stage during IFA 2019.

Intel's new 10th gen Ice Lake processors promise good IPC gains and a much improved integrated GPU thanks to a new 10nm process, but there aren't too many Ice Lake laptops that you can actually lay your hands on right now. The Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 is the only Ice Lake laptop for which pricing and availability is known as of date. However, there are several other Ice Lake-powered laptops that could see the light of the day at IFA 2019 and beyond.

Some of the upcoming Ice Lake-powered laptops apart from the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 include:

1. Acer Swift 5 14-inch: Announced at Computex 2019, the Acer Swift 5 14-inch is one of the first ultrabooks from Acer to get Project Athena certification. We are not sure what are the exact Ice Lake SKUs that this laptop would offer, but a recent Energy Star listing indicates up to a Core i7-1065G7 CPU with integrated Iris Plus Graphics and up to 16 GB of RAM. 

2. Acer Swift 3 14-inch: The Acer Swift 3 14-inch hasn't got a formal announcement yet (hopefully we'll get to see it at IFA 2019), but the notebook did show up on the Energy Star website as being powered by a Core i7-1065G7 CPU and 16 GB RAM. Geekbench listings have also indicated that we could be seeing low-end SKUs powered by the Core i5-1035G1 and Core i3-1005G1.  

3. HP Envy 13 Wood Series: HP has been talking about launching laptops with palm rests and touchpads made of real walnut birch wood for a while now. Although HP hasn't detailed much about the specifications of the 'wooden' Envy laptops, we do know that they will be Project Athena-certified and will be offered in several Ice Lake configurations apart from possibly Comet Lake and AMD Ryzen options as well. 

4. HP Spectre x360 13-inch: A Geekbench listing indicates that we might see a refreshed HP Spectre x360 convertible with an Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 processor soon.

5. Lenovo Yoga S940 13.9-inch: An Athena upgrade for the Lenovo Yoga S940 that was launched at CES 2019 is on the anvil. This is expected to offer Intel Ice Lake options along with support for Wi-Fi 6

Of course, this is just a handful of laptops that we expect to make their debut this year. We did see good results in our preliminary Core i7-1065G7 benchmarks (especially the 25W TDP version) so the new architecture definitely has potential. Intel promised during the Ice Lake launch that a bevy of Ice Lake and Project Athena-certified laptops would grace store shelves and retailers so we expect more models in the offing from various OEMs.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-09- 3 (Update: 2019-09- 3)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.