Back at the end of March, Intel officially pulled back the veil on its ARC GPUs and also announced that, effective immediately, Intel Evo laptops power the entry-level ARC 3 GPU would be available to consumers all around the world. Now, more than a week since the grand launch, laptops powered by the ARC A350M and A370M are still nowhere in sight.
That isn’t to say that there isn’t any interest in these laptops. When asked when and where consumers could purchase these ARC-powered laptops on Twitter, Intel responded almost immediately, saying customers will soon be able to purchase new Intel laptops with ARC graphics “by the end of the second quarter of 2022”. Beyond that, the statement does not clarify why that is the case, nor does it explain why it is technically backtracking on the GPU’s promised availability.
Hi! Laptops with Intel ARC will be available for purchase by the end of the second quarter of 2022. We suggest you follow our newsroom at https://t.co/AlNpzzMu5P for all the updates.
— Intel Support (@IntelSupport) April 6, 2022
During ARC’s inaugural launch, Intel specifically mentioned that one of the first laptops to be fitted with its ARC 3 GPUs is the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro, but sources close to leakster site Videocardz have told it that, while they were able to purchase the laptops, those units did not actually have the ARC GPU installed in them.
At any rate, it looks like we’re all just going to have to tough this out until the end of the second quarter of this year. By then, maybe Intel will be shipping out laptops with ARC 3 GPU flavours, but also something with an ARC 5 GPU too.