Asus today posted a teaser on its Republic of Gamers Twitter account to announce an event where Asus is encouraging gamers to "unleash the tiger." The company also included #IntelGaming in the teaser, suggesting the announcement is focused on the Tiger Lake-H processors that Intel is anticipating. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11th at 8 a.m.
May 11th, 2 p.m. (CEST) #ROG #IntelGaming #UnleashTheTiger
– ROG Global (@ASUS_ROG) April 27, 2021
We know Tiger Lake-H will be coming in the second quarter of 2021, but the Asus event signals that we will see the processors in less than two weeks. Tiger Lake-H builds on the 11th generation Tiger Lake platform for thin and light laptops. The new product line uses the same underlying architecture, but the chips have a 45 watt TDP (maximum 28 watts in the standard range). Intel has not announced anything, but we also expect higher core numbers and clock speeds for the Tiger Lake H series.
Asus is likely teasing its ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop that leaked on Amazon on April 14th. The listing refers to the M16 GU603HR, which is equipped with an Intel Core i9-11900H processor, 32 GB RAM, a mobile RTX 3070 graphics card and a 2 TB SSD. The new model has a 16:10 display, which is becoming increasingly popular on laptops like the Dell XPS 13.
The Intel i9-11900H should be equipped with eight cores and 16 threads, a 2.5 GHz base clock, a 4.4 GHz all-core boost and a 4.9 GHz single-core boost. It's under the i9-11980HK, which supposedly runs on up to 65 watts.
Tiger Lake-H follows the launch of Tiger Lake-H35 earlier this year. Like Tiger Lake-H35, the new product line uses the same 10nm architecture on which Intel's 11th generation mobile platform is based. Intel has long struggled to move away from its 14nm architecture, but recent teasers for Tiger Lake-H show that the CPU giant may have finally gained a foothold. That's great for mobile gamers, and bodes well for the Intel Alder Lake desktop platform due to be launched later this year.
Asus may not launch the M16 on May 11th, but even so, Tiger Lake-H laptops will be available soon. In addition to the new M16, Asus is expected to refresh its Tuf F17 laptops with Tiger Lake H processors. Leaks suggest a more modest configuration compared to the M16, with the F17 containing an i7-11800H, 16GB of RAM, and an RTX 3060.