Following Acer, Lenovo seems to be the second OEM that will offer Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake processors in its popular Yoga series. The notebook in question spotted by sources this time is the 13″ Yoga Carbon that will feature the top-end Core i7-1165G7.
This will be a lower TDP version of the SoC, meaning we’re looking at a 15W chip. Recall that we reported earlier that Tiger Lake-U would have a stock TDP of 28W instead of the traditional 15W. As such, we can expect reduced CPU as well as GPU performance than what Intel claims.
Looking at the design, this is an ultrabook form-factor notebook, likely a Project Athena candidate. It features a 13.3″ QHD display, covering 100% of the sRGB gamut which makes it a retina-class display. It comes with premium Harmon Kardon speakers with Dolby Atmos support as well as WiFi 6 for super-fast connectivity. The most impressive part is the battery which is being marketed to last as long as 16 hours. The device itself is very portable with a weight of less than a kilo.
One important takeaway from this is the TDP of the Tiger Lake SoC. 15W is significantly lower than the stock 28W that the 11th Gen mobile chips will ship with. It’ll be interesting to see how much this affects the boosting behavior and the residency. We recently saw with Lakefield that the lower boost clocks of the Tremont cores significantly hindered the overall performance. This was likely due to the Intel’s 10nm cores not being able to hit 14nm Skylake levels of clocks. It also explains why we haven’t seen 10nm in the desktop space. We’ll have to wait and see if its the same with Tiger Lake.