Intel's new Skylake processors fit inside practically any computer. Soon, you'll be able to get one inside a PC-on-a-stick. But it turns out that Core M computers can get even smaller still. Intel says it's already testing the new processors inside smartphones too.
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A simple, beautiful, seamless design. An incredibly thin chassis, crafted from metal and finished in a high quality dark grey paint. A fanless, low-power Intel Core M processor and oodles of battery life hidden away underneath a big trackpad and great keyboard. Sounds like Apple's new MacBook, right? Nope. The Windows 8.1-powered Asus ZenBook UX305 is an amazing feat of computing. This is a laptop that I want to use every single day.
Toshiba's Portege laptops have always been thin and light. Really thin and light. They're known for their ultraportable and small form factors, business-friendly designs and impressive feats of battery life. That same trend continues with the new Portege Z20t, which now splits in half -- it's one half Intel Core M-powered tablet and one half battery-packing keyboard dock, combining for one versatile Ultrabook.
The backflipping Lenovo Yoga single-handedly made laptops cool again. The Yoga 2 Pro added a backlit keyboard and a brilliant 3200 x 1800 QHD screen. Now, Lenovo's going for broke with the third generation of its transforming touchscreen machine. Not only is the new $2200 Yoga 3 Pro thinner and lighter, it has a freaking watch band consisting of 813 precision-machined, hand-assembled components holding up its infinitely positionable screen.
The perfect in-between device -- something that's as thin as a dedicated tablet and as powerful as a dedicated laptop -- is something we've been promised for years. Once, it looked like the answer might come when Intel's Atom chips -- Bay Trail chips, specifically -- got potent enough to power highly mobile machines that could hold their own against real laptops. Atom hasn't really gotten there, but Intel's new Core M just might.
Lenovo introduced its Helix detachable last year, with an 11.6-inch, 1080p screen, a beefy Intel Core i5 chip inside and a battery-boosting keyboard dock. Pretty much a Surface Pro. This year it's back with a new, slimmer body and it's one of the first gadgets out there to rep Intel's newest "Core M" brains.