Intel Amber Lake-Y laptops (Core i7-8500Y)- what to expect, complete list of available devices

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By Andrei Girbea, last updated on November 18, 2022

Intel rolled out the updated Amber Lake Core Y hardware platform in early-September 2018 and this spurred a handful of modern and fanless thin-and-light laptops during the reminding of 2018 and most of 2019, up until a next-gen iteration based on the Cannon Lake 10 nm platform will be eventually launched.

In this article we’ll tell you what to expect from the Amber Lake-Y hardware platform, how it compares to the previous Core Y generation and the current Whiskey Lake-U higher-performance hardware, as well as provide a detailed list of all the available ultra-portable laptops and ultrabooks built on Amber Lake-Y CPUs.

Core Y platforms include Core m3, i5 and i7 low-power CPUs with reduced energy requirements. They’re suited for the thinnest and lightest tablets and notebooks out there, but they’re nowhere near as powerful as the existing Core U platforms. As a result, Core Y devices can handle everyday basic activities fine (browsing, movies, text editing, music, etc), but multitasking and demanding loads are out of their league.

Regardless, while performance is not this platform’s selling point, Amber Lake devices have a few other aces down their sleeves: they’re completely quiet (since they are passively cooled, there’s no fan inside, and they rely solely on SSDs for storage), run for a longtime on each charge and are smaller and lighter than even the most portable Core U devices out there.

But let’s get back to the hardware. The updated Intel Amber Lake-Y platform is based on a refined 14++ nm build-process and is an incremental update of the previous 7th gen KabyLake Core Y line. Details below.

m3-8100Y (Ark)
m3-7Y30 (Ark)
i5-8200Y (Ark)
i5-7Y54 (Ark)
i7-8500Y (Ark)
i7-7Y75 (Ark)
Litography 14++ nm 14+ nm 14++ nm 14+ nm 14++ nm 14+ nm
TDP 5 W 4.5 W 5 W 4.5 W 5 W 4.5 W
Cores/Threads 2/4
CPU Base Frequency 1.1 GHz 1.0 GHz 1.3 GHz 1.2 GHz 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz
CPU Max Turbo 3.4 GHz 2.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cache 4 MB
Max Memory
16 GB DDR3
Graphics Intel HD 615
Graphics Speed 300 – 900 MHz 300 – 950 MHz 300 – 1100 MHz
PCIe lanes 10
Price $281 $291 $393

The 8th gen Core Y CPUs are able to reach higher Turbo Boost frequencies than the previous 7th gen options. Most modern processors have a default CPU Base Frequency, but run at Turbo frequencies most of the time when performing tasks that require increased power. However, running at higher clock speeds requires extra energy and thus produces extra heat, and the trick is to keep the components as cool as possible, in order to balance temperatures and performance. That’s easier said than done, as Core Y computers are usually compact, thin, and also passively cooled.

At the end of the day, not all Amber Lake-Y devices are going to perform the same, and Intel allows the OEMs to set TDPs between 3.5 and 8 W for each implementation. The higher the threshold, the higher the performance and thus the heat. That’s why I advise you to look into proper reviews that analyze performance in order to find-out what to expect from each unit, what it can chew and what it can’t.

You should also consider the fact that just like with the 2018/2019 Whiskey Lake updates, Amber Lake ultraportables are in most cases completely new devices, with updated designs, form-factors and features that you might not otherwise find in older Core Y builds or in other hardware brackets.

Below we’ve gathered a detailed list of all the existing Amber Lake laptops and tablets. We’ve split it in two sections: ultraportables with 12-inch or smaller screens, and mid-sized laptops with 13+ inch displays. It’s short for now, but we’ll update it as new devices are announced.

You should follow the links on each product’s name for our indepth articles and reviews, as well as the links in the Price column for up-to-date configurations and prices at the time you’re reading the article.

Sub 13-inch Amber Lake ultraportables

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price
Lenovo Yoga Book C930 (*1) convertible 10.8″ IPS touch Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 36 Wh .78 kg / 1.7 lbs from $999
Vaio A12 tablet + keyboard dock 12.5″ IPS FHD touch Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 2x 23Wh 1.22 kg / 2.7 lbs

*1 – initially available with 7th gen Core Y hardware

And here’s a list of the larger options with a 13-inch or larger screens. They’re still fanless, thin and light, but add an increased work-space area, as well as potentially improved performance, keyboards, IO and larger batteries.

13-inch or larger thin-and-light Amber Lake laptops

Model Type Screen Hardware Battery Weight Price
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T clamshell 14″ IPS FHD touch Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 42 Wh (?) 1 kg / 2.2 lbs from $1699
Asus ChromeBook Flip C434 convertible 14″ IPS touch Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 48 Wh 1.35 kg / 3.2 lbs from $569
Apple Macbook Air clamshell 13.3″ IPS glossy Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 50 Wh 1.27 kg / 2.75 lbs from $1199
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9365 convertible 13.3″ IPS FHD/QHD+ Touch Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 46 Wh 1.23 kg / 2.7 lbs from $999
HP Spectre Folio 13 tablet + folio 13.3″ IPS FHD Touch Core Y w/ Intel HD 615 54 Wh 1.4 kg / 3.3 lbs from $1399

We’re constantly keeping an eye for new launches and updating the list, but there’s still a fair chance we might miss something, thus if you spot any Amber Lake based device that should be in here and is not, or any mistake with our listings, please get in touch in the comments section below.

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Article by: Andrei Girbea
Andrei Girbea is a Writer and Editor-in-Chief here at I write about mobile technology, laptops and computers in general. I've been doing it for more than 15 years now. I'm a techie with a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. I mostly write reviews and thorough guides here on the site, with some occasional columns and first-impression articles.


  1. JNet

    October 9, 2018 at 11:52 am

    This article is wrong. It is supposedly comparing new Y-series vs current Whiskey Lake U-series, however this comparison is not made at all and the chart is wrong.

    The i5 8250U does not have 2 core/4 thread or 4.5w or 1.2 base frequency or CPU Max turbo: 3.3Mhz or Max 16GB DDR3 or graphics HD615 or 10 PCIe lanes or 4MB Cache
    All of this is completely wrong.

    Instead the i5 8250U does have 4-core/8-thread 1.6Ghz Base 3.4Ghz Turbo with max 32GB graphics HD620 and 12 PCIe lanes 6MB Cache.
    And this CPU is called Kaby Lake R, not Whiskey Lake

    If u were trying to list the i5 for Whiskey Lake-U thats not right either. That one is called Core i5-8265U and is also a 15w 4-core/8-thread high performance CPU, not comparable to Y-series.

    You should only compare the new Y-series to the previous Kaby Lake Y-series and maybe also to the Skylake Y-series. It seems to me that the one listed as "i5 8250U" is actually Kaby Lake i5-7y57, but no Whiskey Lake comparison is done at all.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 9, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      It's pretty obvious that what was meant to be listed there was the KabyLake Core Y i5, just like all the other options in the table that compare 7th and 8th gen Core Y CPUs. Thanks for pointing out that we did not update the column's head, it's been addressed.

      • JNet

        December 19, 2018 at 10:25 am

        Thanks for addressing what was wrong. However a couple of things is still not correct.

        In the chart top row: lithography, you list 7th gen Y-series as 14nm and 8th as 14nm+. I think both of these are wrong. I think this is how it is supposed to be:
        8th gen Amber Lake is 14nm++
        7th gen Kaby Lake is 14nm+
        6th gen Skylake is 14nm.

        Another detail is the m3-7Y30U, there is no U there, since it's not U-series. It's only called: M3-7Y30.

        Also this is not correct:
        "The updated Intel Amber Lake-Y platform is based on the 14+ nm Kaby Lake build-process and is merely an incremental update of the previous 7th gen Skylake Core Y lines. Details below."

        Amber Lake is an update of the previous 7th gen KABY LAKE (not Skylake). Skylake is 6th gen.

        Thanks again
        Looking forward to seeing the list of Amber Lake laptops filling up, still not many around.

      • Andrei Girbea

        December 19, 2018 at 2:18 pm

        Thanks, much appreciated. I'm sorry for the poor job and all these mistakes.

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