Intel on Thursday unveiled the “visual identifier” that will be used on laptops that meet its new Project Athena verification: a logo that claims “Engineered for Mobile Performance,” alongside with the Intel swoop.
And nope, it’s apparently not a badge both (which we incorrectly assumed earlier.) The identifier will be utilized by in-store shows, demos, and packaging, however Intel stated it isn’t a laptop computer badge—so no, Project Athena laptops gained’t have to indicate you their stinking badges.
Project Athena is an bold, sprawling, and doubtless complicated Intel program to get PC makers to take laptops to the following stage. It’s designed to make thin-and-light laptops sooner, longer lasting, and throughout higher for highway warriors. Project Athena 1.0 laptops will concentrate on:
- Instant Action: To remove or decrease ready for your laptop computer to get up.
- Performance and Responsiveness: A minimal efficiency spec together with at the very least a Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
- Intelligence: Support for AI acceleration, equivalent to on Intel’s new 10th-gen Core chips.
- Battery Life: Charging over USB-PD/C, and energy effectivity optimization.
- Connectivity: WiFi 6 and/or Gigabit LTE and Thunderbolt 3.
- Form Factor: Touch display, precision trackpads, and slender bezels.
If lots of that feels like its inside attain utilizing right now’s expertise, it already is. In reality, Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 that went on sale this morning will be the primary laptop computer to hold the brand new “Engineered for Mobile Performance” badge. Although not touted as a Project Athena function, the XPS 13 2-in-1 consists of an further function that strikes to the core of what Intel’s initiative goals to realize: “A built in sensor allows you to open the lid and power up in milliseconds, no matter what power-state you are in.”
Besides the XPS 13 2-in-1, Intel stated HP’s Elitebook 1040 and Elitebook 830 have additionally been verified. Both Elitebook fashions are on sale right now as properly. Both are primarily based on eighth gen CPUs.
Project Athena gained’t solely contact Windows-based laptops both. Intel has additionally signed up Google to get Chromebooks on board.
(Correction: A earlier model of this story incorrectly stated the brand new logo was a badge. PCWorld regrets the error.)