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Intel's new chip could make your phone as powerful as a laptop

Intel's new chip could make your phone as powerful as a laptop
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These days, your smartphone is already your go-to computer for so much of what you do, whether it's checking email, surfing the Web, or getting directions from a virtual personal assistant like Apple's Siri. But your smartphone isn't quite as powerful as your laptop.

That is changing fast, though, courtesy of Intel's newest, and extremely powerful Skylake computer chips. These microprocessors are the brains that run your computer, and they're getting more powerful, and more energy efficient with each generation.

Skylake is the code name for Intel's 6th generation of chips like Core i3, i5 and i7. They are currently only used in computers, while the Core M line of Skylake chips are used in mobile devices like tablets.

Now, Intel is developing its Skylake Core M chips for large smartphones. Intel says it'll soon introduce its newest generation Core M chips for phablets, those large smartphones that are sized somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet.

Each new generation of chip tends to ramp up your computer's power for things like games and graphics, while running more efficiently than prior generations. Meaning, these chips are more powerful, but are less of a drain on your computer's battery. So, soon, your smartphone will be as powerful as your laptop.

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Source: Engadget
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