Intel Expands Mobile Leadership, Brings Enthusiast Performance to Thin-and-Light Laptops

12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors will power more than 250 thin-and-light designs this year, including more than 100 new Intel Evo verified devices.

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What’s New: Today, Intel expands the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor lineup with the official launch of 12th Gen Intel Core P-series and U-series processors. Engineered for blazing performance and superior productivity, these 20 new mobile processors will power the next generation of thin-and-light laptops. The first devices will be available in March 2022, with more than 250 coming this year from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, MSI, NEC, Samsung and others.

“Following our launch of the fastest mobile processor for gaming, we’re now expanding our 12th Gen Intel Core processor family to deliver a massive leap forward in performance for thin-and-light laptops. From the ultra-thin form factors to enthusiast-grade performance in a sleek design, we’re providing consumers and businesses with leadership performance and cutting-edge technologies.”

–Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms

About 12th Gen Intel Core Mobile Processors: Like the rest of the 12th Gen family, Intel’s newest mobile processors for thin-and-light designs are based on Intel’s performance hybrid architecture featuring a combination of Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores). From video calls to web browsing to photo editing, workloads are intelligently placed on the right core at the right time for optimal multitasking with Intel® Thread Director on Windows 11.

Taking full advantage of the performance per watt benefits of the Intel 7 process, new 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors for thin-and-light designs deliver:

  • All-new core architecture with up to 14 cores (6 P-cores and 8 E-cores).
  • Integrated Intel® Iris® Xe graphics with up to 96EU.
  • Broad memory support for DDR5/LPDDR5 and DDR4/LPDDR4.
  • Incredible scale with up to 70% faster multi-thread performance1.
  • Nearly 2x performance for 3D rendering2 -- ideal for creators on the go.
  • Superior productivity performance with up to 30% faster photo editing3.
  • Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) for improved wireless performance, responsiveness and reliability.
  • Thunderbolt™ 4 for the fastest, simplest and most reliable cable solution to any dock, display or accessory4.
  • Intel IPU 6.0 for high image quality and power efficiency for enhanced videoconferencing.

About Intel Evo, Third Edition: Under the new third-edition specification, laptop designs seeking the Intel® Evo™ badge will undergo the most intensive workloads to date, testing real-world conditions to ensure a superior videoconferencing experience in addition to exceptional responsiveness, instant wake, real-world battery life and fast charging. Intel Evo laptops with 12th Gen Intel Core are optimized for multitasking – all while maintaining great connectivity, image quality and sound on a multi-person video call.

Through deep co-engineering efforts with 150 ecosystem partners, more than 100 Intel Evo verified systems are expected this year, with systems for the first time including foldable displays and designs with 12th Gen Intel Core H-series.

Intel’s co-engineering and real-world testing expands to accessory partners this year through the Engineered for Intel Evo program. Expect additional Thunderbolt monitors, docks, storage and Bluetooth headsets to join the powerful lineup of accessories already in the program from Poly, Anker, Kensington, Dell, HP, Belkin, Samsung, Sabrent, OWC and others.

Microsoft's Point of View: “The last two years have had a profound transformational impact across our lives with the PC playing a more meaningful role than ever. This is driving a new era of PC use,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer at Microsoft. “With Windows 11 and the newest 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, expect next-level performance to empower productivity and inspire creativity.”

More Context: 12th Gen Intel Core (Press Kit) | 12th Gen Intel Core Processors Media and Analyst Presentation (PDF) | 12th Gen Intel Core Mobile Processors (Product Brief) | Intel Evo: Project Athena 3rd Edition Specification Target Highlights (PDF)

The Small Print:

Performance hybrid architecture combines two new core microarchitectures, Performance-cores (P-cores) and Efficient-cores (E-cores), on a single processor die.<br> Select 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (certain 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processors and lower) do not support performance hybrid architecture, only P-cores.<br>

Built into the hardware, Intel® Thread Director is provided only in performance hybrid architecture configurations of 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors; OS enablement is required.<br> Available features and functionality vary by OS.<br>

Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors.<br> Learn more at

Performance results are based on testing as of dates shown in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available updates. See configuration disclosure for details.<br>

1 Estimated based on measurement of SPECrate n-copy on 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1280P vs. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1095G7. Testing as of Feb 11, 2022. For workloads and configurations visit Results may vary.

2 As measured by Blender BMW benchmark. Testing as of Feb 11, 2022. For workloads and configurations visit Results may vary.

3 As measured by PugetBench Photoshop. Testing as of Feb 11, 2022. For workloads and configurations visit Results may vary.

4 As compared to other current PC Client bidirectional I/O connection technologies like eSATA and USB. Must be connected via Thunderbolt 3 or newer accessory to enable full performance. See (connectivity) for details. Results may vary.