It's official — Intel's fourth-generation core "Haswell" processor will arrive on 4 June. Expect a crush of desktops, laptops, convertibles, detachables and tablets to ensue.
Or to put it another way, 4 June, Taiwan time.
"In approximately 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds, Intel will reveal all there is to know about the highly anticipated 4th generation Intel Core processor family," Intel said in a statement.
That's 4 June in Taiwan, where it will be rolled out at Computex.
Haswell is mostly about better battery life and, to a lesser extent, about improved graphics performance. So expect, for instance, Haswell laptops that last longer — maybe a lot longer if other power-saving technologies are also used — than today's latest and greatest offerings.
Here's a quad-core Haswell diagram showing a large graphics engine. What Intel describes as "configurations with large graphics and large cache".
The first Haswell processors out of the chute are expected to be the quad-core variety aimed at high-end laptops. But don't be surprised if more quad-core chips seep into mainstream 13-inch and 14-inch laptops, too, due to Haswell's improved power efficiency.
At the other end of the spectrum will be a new variety of ultra-power-efficient Haswell chips that should allow PC makers — and Apple, if it so chooses — to offer newfangled ultrathin designs with good performance.
And of course, touch will be a big factor because of Windows 8 — with Windows 8.1 to follow in the second half of the year.
But it's not just a Windows world anymore. Intel told CNET that Android laptops are on the way. While many of them will tap Intel's Atom chip, new designs that run Google's Chrome OS — like the Chromebook Pixel — will adopt Haswell.