Lisa Pearce, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Visual Computing called Reasons behind the delay in the release of Arc A3 series mobile graphics accelerators, and also shared the latest information about the upcoming Arc A5 and A7 desktop graphics cards.
Recall that official sales of notebooks with Arc A350M and A370M graphics began on March 30th. However, it is almost impossible to find them in retail stores. It turns out that laptops are only available in very limited numbers in South Korea, where their temporary exclusive launch took place. At the same time, only one laptop, the Samsung Book2 Pro, officially went on sale. It is equipped with the latest accelerator in the series – Intel Arc A350M.
According to Lisa Pierce, the company expected laptops with Intel graphics to be available in different countries by now, but several factors prevented this. First, the manufacturer attributed the delays to the pandemic causing problems in supply chains, and second, the company faced a delay in developing new Arc graphics software. In addition to Samsung, the company is also working with Lenovo, Acer, HP and ASUS to launch new laptop models with Arc-A3 graphics as soon as possible. Laptops with Arc A5 and A7 graphics are expected in the summer.
An Intel representative also said that the Arc A5 and A7 desktop accelerators are also awaiting a temporary exclusive launch, but this time in China. In Q2, these graphics cards will appear in OEM PC builds. After some time, retail sales will follow, and the next step will be to introduce accelerators to the international market. Arc A5 and A7 series desktop graphics cards are expected to begin shipping worldwide this summer. Again, graphics cards are first sold as part of pre-built computers and then go on sale as a standalone product.