Although code-named Haswell micro-architecture is tailored for low power consumption, the first chips that Intel Corp. will release on its base will be high-end offerings for desktops and laptops in April, 2013. Just like it happened to previous-generations of Intel Core i-series products, the high-end mobile offerings will not be dramatically slower compared to their desktop brethren.
The first breed of Intel Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” chips for notebooks will consist of only three models aimed at high-end laptops, according to VR-Zone web-site. The chips will have four cores with Hyprer-Threading technology, will operate at 2.70GHz – 3.0GHz base clock-speeds and can automatically overclock all four cores automatically to 3.50GHz – 3.70GHz frequencies. All chips will have Intel’s highest-performing HD 4600 graphics core.
Considering extreme performance provided by Intel Core i7-4930MX, 4900MQ and 4800MQ central processing units and their 47W – 57W thermal design power, it is likely that they will primarily find them homes insider desktop replacement (DTR) laptops as well as all-in-one (AIO) desktops.
The first Intel Core i-series “Haswell” chips will be released in April, 2013; mainstream solutions powered by Haswell micro-architecture will be launched sometimes in Q3 2013, whereas ultra low-power Haswell products are projected to reach the market in Q4 2013.
Since Intel will barely end-of-life existing Ivy Bridge products as soon as the first Haswell microprocessors reach the market, expect sales of existing advanced notebooks and ultrabooks at discount prices in spring.