AMD has got another treat in its bag for PC gamers and enthusiast hot on the heels of its massive Ryzen processor unveiling: Zen-based SoCs. Now, it’s widely known that the company will indeed be releasing an updated APU with its Zen cores, but questions remain regarding when it’ll be released.
In a recently opened thread on Reddit, an AMD representative has apparently stated that “an APU (or CPU+GPU SoC) including graphics that will be for mobile designs in the second half of the year.” Despite this, one should note that could be as early as July, or later in December.
In addition, the AMD representative has also, unfortunately, made no mention of what GPU architecture will be used with the Zen-based APU. The possibility of releasing an APU with Vega GPU architecture seems rather slim, because its desktop counterpart hasn’t been announced yet. The more likely architecture that may be used is Polaris, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Currently, AMD has only released three Ryzen processors, with more expected to come later this year; the company has yet to mention anything about the mobile versions of those CPUs. Regardless, if AMD’s Zen-based APUs are anything like its Ryzen 7 processors, then one should expect them to be used in plenty of notebooks and OEM desktops throughout 2017 and 2018.