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New Alienware laptops pack Thunderbolt 3 and prettier screens, but oddly lack Skylake

Gordon Mah Ung | Aug. 28, 2015
Latest gaming laptops will feature dynamic overclocking, new AMD GPU but oddly, no Skylake.

Is the omission a sign of lack of confidence in Intel’s Skylake? Absolutely not, Alienware officials said. The company just wanted to have its refreshed laptops in front of customers sooner rather than later.

Alienware officials also said they fully intend to have essentially the same laptops using Skylake available to consumers once Intel's new chips are available and ready. 

That’s simply odd as all things point to an imminent launch of Skylake-based laptops. Just this week, a European retailer apparently accidentally outed Dell’s XPS13 and an Asus UX303 using the new Skylake chip. If that happens, those who buy Alienware’s refreshed laptops could have the blues—though to be fair, Intel often rolls outs its new mobile chips slowly, with cutting-edge CPUs appearing first in a few select notebooks while Intel cranks up to capacity.

When pressed, Alienware officials said just you should almost think of the refreshed laptops as Skylake prototypes.

 

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