The first wave of ultraportable laptops with Iris Xe Max has started to roll out to consumers in a few countries. Last month, Intel had shown the public the very first glimpse of Iris Xe Max, Intel’s new discrete GPU for thin-and-light laptops, at an Acer press event.
The first wave of the series includes the Acer Swift 3X, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1, and the Asus VivoBook Flip TP470. The Dell Inspiron 15 is available in the US at Best Buy. Although, both Swift 3X and the Inspiron 15 are also available in China through JD.com. Acer Swift 3X will arrive in the US in December. However, Asus VivoBook is not yet available but is coming shortly in both US and China.
Intel’s Iris Xe Max graphics is primarily intended for portable systems for content creators. “We set out to redefine the role of discrete graphics in thin-and-light laptops and address a growing segment of creators who want more portability,” said Roger Chandler, Intel vice president, and general manager of Client XPU Product and Solutions, in a statement.
All the three new laptops come with Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake CPUs and Intel’s Deep Link technology, which allows certain applications to leverage both discrete and integrated graphics for creative work. According to Intel, Tiger Lake systems paired with Iris Xe Max graphics can provide seven times faster AI-based creation than similar laptops with third-party GPUs. It can also deliver great thin-and-light 1080p gaming on popular games.