Intel says laptops with Arc GPUs will ship by the end of the second quarter

Last week Intel launched the Arc GPUs for laptops. The original plan was to officially roll out only the entry-level Arc 3 series, followed by the more advanced game variants over the coming summer. However, it looks like that’s not happening anytime soon. A week has passed since the launch of the first of the entry-level series, but the Arc A350 and A370M laptops are nowhere to be seen.

We don’t seem to see any tweets regarding Arc 3 series purchases. From this we can conclude that the official launch was nothing more than an announcement. Contrary to what Intel had previously promised to do, the GPUs don’t seem to be making their way into the market in the first quarter. The Intel Support account has responded, and according to their most recent announcement, the Intel Arc laptops will hit the market by the end of the second quarter. More than 24 hours have passed since this statement was made public and so far no Intel employee has commented. It’s still a possibility that this is some kind of misunderstanding. We believe it could refer to the entire Arc Mobile range that is available or to the Arc 5/7 series that we already knew would be launched later.

We’ll have to wait to hear more about this statement from Intel to get more clarity. It’s pretty clear so far that something is wrong with the launch of the Arc series after all. On the other hand, the Acer Swift X laptop with Arc GPU, which was already on the list for pre-order before the launch of the Arc series, is still available for purchase. However, the shipping date has been moved from May 25 to June 13.

In another development, B&H customers who bought the Samsung Book2 Pro with ARC GPU complain that their laptops do not have an Arc GPU. This issue has also been raised on numerous Samsung forums.

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