Intel has clarified some doubts about the availability of Arc powered gaming laptops (opens in new tab)but if you expected a specific deadline, you will be disappointed.
Earlier this week, Intel Twitter account (opens in new tab) told a user that the laptops will be “available for purchase by the end of Q2 2022”. Previously, they were supposed to be available at the end of the first quarter, which has now ended.
The account later corrected that claim, saying the exact timing is unknown.
“Sorry for the confusion, we had incorrect information,” Intel wrote. “Samsung systems with Intel Arc graphics are now available in Korea and will scale to other regions. Additional OEMs in other regions will have systems in the coming weeks.”
We were expecting more specific information than just “in the next few weeks”, considering that Arc 3 notebooks (opens in new tab) originally should be out now. With them now being released in Korea, I think the release window has been technically correct. Based on the responses to that tweet, though, some people were really hoping that the Q1 release would also roll out to the rest of the world.
Whenever they come out here, we’re interested to see how low-end Arc 3 GPUs perform – Intel is promising good performance (opens in new tab) for games in 1080p. We welcome more competition, especially for low and mid-range gaming laptops.
As far as the Arc A-Series desktop GPU that is slated for release this summer (opens in new tab)Intel hasn’t released any new information, so we’re still awaiting a more specific release window and pricing information.
Sorry for the confusion, we had incorrect information. Samsung systems with Intel Arc graphics are now available in Korea and will scale to other regions. Additional OEMs in other regions will have systems in the coming weeks.April 8, 2022