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Intel Whiskey Lake-U laptops – the complete list and what to expect

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on November 12, 2018

Whiskey Lake is Intel’s third refinement of the 14 nm build-process and the latest Core U 15W hardware-platform you’ll find in thin-and-light ultraportables and budget full-size notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2018 and most of 2019, until the next-gen Intel Cannon Lake platform becomes available.

In this article we’ll tell you what to expect from this hardware update, how it compares to the predecessor, as well as provide a list of all the laptops built on the Whiskey Lake platform that you can find in stores, a list we’re constantly updating with new products as they’re announced.

Whiskey Lake-U shares most traits and characteristics with the KabyLake-R 15W platform and is by no means a significant update. It includes Core i3, i5 and i7 Core U 15w processors, and the main aspect that sets them apart from their KabyLake-R counterparts is the ability to reach higher Turbo Boost clock speeds.

Most modern CPUs have a designated default Clock Speed, but are able to run at higher Turbo Boost speeds if required and if allowed by the thermal implementation. Demanding loads primarily benefit from the high Turbo speeds, but they can only be sustained for a limited time, as long as the die stays within normal temperature limits. That’s why the performance of modern hardware varies between implementations and is greatly dependent on each unit’s ability to properly cool the components.

The 14++ nm Whiskey Lake refinement includes a dual-core Core i3-8145U CPU, as well as two quad-core versions, the i5-8265U and i7-8565U. You’ll find their characteristics below, as well as how they compare to their KabyLake-R Core U brethrens.

i3-8145U (Ark)
i3-8130U (Ark)
i5-8265U (Ark)
i5-8250U (Ark)
i7-8565U (Ark)
i5-8550U (Ark)
Litography14++ nm14+ nm14++ nm14+ nm14++ nm14+ nm
TDP15W
Cores/Threads2/44/8
CPU Base Frequency2.1 GHz2.2 GHz1.6 GHz1.6 GHz1.8 GHz1.8 GHz
CPU Max Turbo3.9 GHz3.4 GHz4.1 GHz3.4 GHz4.6 GHz4.0 GHz
Cache4 MB4 MB6 MB6 MB8 MB8 MB
Max Memory
32 GB
GraphicsIntel UHD 620
Graphics Speed300 – 1100 MHz300 – 1100 MHz300 – 1100 MHz300 – 1100 MHz300 – 1150 MHz300 – 1150 MHz
PCIe lanes161216121612
Price$281$281$297$297$409$409

There are a few other minor tweaks of the Whiskey Lake platform, like the increased number of PCIe Express lanes and the slightly increased maximum allowed memory bandwidth (34.2 GBps vs 32 GBps), among others.

For the most part though, Whiskey Lake and KabyLake-R Core U processors are similar, with nearly identical same CPU characteristics and iGPU. That’s why you should pretty much expect performance gains in the 5-10% for the Whiskey Lake builds, but keep in mind the importance of the thermal implementation: you’re only going to get these gains in the devices that are able to allow the CPU to run at high Turbo Frequencies for a longer time and benefit from the potentially higher boost.

You’ll find that information by reading detailed reviews that carefully analyze each unit’s behavior. If you’re however interested in general information about each Whiskey Lake CPU and its abilities, check out these articles for the i3-8145U, i5-8265U and i7-8565U (to be updated).

However, there’s one other significant reason to consider Whiskey Lake notebooks: many OEMs announced brand-new laptop designs in the second part of 2018, with more compact builds, thinner profiles, larger batteries and extra features compared to the 2017 and early-2018 models, and most of these are based on Whiskey Lake hardware.

Thus, while the performance of the new platform might not be enough to justify a Whiskey Lake Core U computer, the fact that you’ll get an overall nicer device should be.

Some of the updated Whiskey Lake laptops

Some of the updated Whiskey Lake laptops

Down below you’ll find an ample list of all the Whiskey Lake based notebooks available in stores these days. We’ve split it in two sections: portable thin-and-lights with 14-inch or smaller screens, and full-size laptops with 15+ inch screens. You can find more about each product by following the links to our detailed articles and reviews on each unit’s name, as well as check out the latest configurations and prices at the time you’re reading this article by following the links in the Price section.

We’re constantly updating the lists, but if you spot anything that should be in here and is not, please tell us about it in the comments section at the end of the article.

Sub 14-inch thin-and-light Whiskey Lake laptops

ModelTypeScreenHardwareBatteryWeightPrice
Acer Spin 3 SP314-52convertible14.0″ IPS FHD touchCore U w/ UHD 62052 Wh1.7 kg / 3.75 lbsfrom $799
Acer Spin 5 SP513-53convertible13.3″ IPS FHD touchCore U w/ UHD 62054 Wh1.5 kg / 3.3 lbsfrom $899
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51clamshell13.3″ IPS FHD matteCore U w/ UHD 62048 Wh1.27 kg / 2.9 lbsfrom $799
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55/56clamshell14.0″ IPS FHD matteCore U w/ up to MX150 MQ48 Wh1.4 kg / 3.1 lbsfrom $799
Acer Swift 5 SF514-53Tclamshell14.0″ IPS FHD matteCore U w/ UHD 62036 Wh (?)0.97 kg / 2.14 lbsfrom $999
Asus Zenbook UX333 FA/FNclamshell13.3″ FHD IPS matte / glossyCore U w/ UHD 62050 Wh1.1 kg / 2.45 lbsfrom $899
Asus Zenbook 13 UX331 UA/UNclamshell13.3″ FHD IPS matte / glossyCore U w/ up to MX150 MQ50 Wh1.13 kg / 2.5 lbsfrom $999
Asus Zenbook UX391 FAclamshell13.3″ FHD IPS matte / glossyCore U w/ UHD 62050 Wh0.99 kg / 2.2 lbsfrom $1199
Asus Zenbook UX433 FA/FNclamshell14.0″ FHD FHD matte / glossyCore U w/ up to MX15050 Wh1.2 kg / 2.65 lbsfrom $999
Asus Zenbook Flip UX362 FAconvertible13.3″ FHD IPS touchCore U w/ UHD 62050 Wh1.3 kg / 3.0 lbs
Asus Zenbook Pro UX480 FDclamshell14.0″ FHD FHD touchCore U w/ GTX 1050 MQ70 Wh1.6 kg / 3.5 lbs
Dell Inspiron 13 7000convertible13.3″ FHD/UHD IPS touchCore U w/ UHD 62038 Wh1.35 kg / 3.2 lbsfrom $899
Lenovo Yoga S730clamshell13.3 or 14″ FHD IPS glossyCore U w/ UHD 62046 Wh~1.2 kg / 2.65 lbsfrom $999

And here’s the second part that includes full-size laptops.

As the platform’s performance is so much dependent on thermals, there’s a good chance these devices will be able to squeeze more than the thinner options above from the Whiskey Lake hardware. Some OEMs might also chose to set a higher than 15 W configurable TDP in order to allow the CPU to run at higher frequencies in demanding loads, so while you’re sacrificing on portability, you should get more powerful devices in this section, and not just the increased workspace, larger batteries, extra ports and so on.

Full-size Whiskey Lake laptops

ModelTypeScreenHardwareBatteryWeightPrice
Acer Swift 5 SF515-51Tclamshell15.6″ IPS FHD matteCore U w/ UHD 620?0.99 kg / 2.2 lbsfrom $1099
Asus Zenbook UX533 FA/FDclamshell15.6″ FHD or UHD IPSCore U w/ GTX 1050 MQ73 Wh1.6 kg / 3.5 lbsfrom $1099
Asus Zenbook Flip UX562 FDconvertible15.6″ FHD or UHD IPS touchCore U w/ GTX 1050 MQ57 Wh1.9 kg / 4.0 lbs
Dell Inspiron 15 7000convertible15.6″ FHD/UHD IPS touchCore U w/ MX15042/56 Wh2 kg / 4.4 lbsfrom $849
Dell Inspiron 17 7000convertible17.3″ FHD IPS touchCore U w/ MX15056 Wh2.9 kg / 6.4 lbsfrom $1099

Like mentioned earlier, we’re constantly updating this list of Whiskey Lake laptops, but there’s still a fair chance we’re going to miss some devices, so if you spot anything that should be in here and is not, please get in touch in the comments section below.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

6 Comments

  1. mik

    September 9, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Acer Spin 3 SP314-52? From where did you get this info?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      I can't remember right now, I gathered info from various sources and press releases. Take them with a grain of salt until 100% confirmed, but if you look here (acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series/spin3), the galley images are named sp314-52-something . So a -52 update is indeed in the works.

  2. Michal

    September 13, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Where Is HP Spectrem x360 13?
    HP not upgrade this perfekt laptop on whiskey?

    Now I using 2017late version, but I want upgrade on whiskey for 16 vs 12 PCI lanes.
    Its better for using with egpu – I know Thunderbolt 3 can use as max 4xlines, but with whiskey have people more lines for other things :-) Please HP cmon my money wait on you :D

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 13, 2018 at 11:10 am

      not yet. You should keep in mind whiskey lake is a minor update and in short supply, so it's going to take a while before existing designs will be updated, if ever.

      • Michal

        September 19, 2018 at 2:41 am

        I mainly wait for upgrade from 12 pci-e to 16 pci-e.
        I run on Spectre x360 13 2018 with 8550u with eGPU Mantiz Venus (with psu Corsair 600w) with Vega64
        What you mean will be there some small chance on upgrade or additional 4 lanes not help or where will be used?

        4 lanes nvme sad
        4 lanes thunderbolt 3 (2 ports)
        some lanes wifi etc

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

          Theoretically, yes, but we'll have to wait and see if OEMs are actually going to make good use of all those PCIe lines. I'd expect most not to, but some might…

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