When we announced the Last Gadget Standing finalists last week, we said that three were still under wraps because they hadn’t been announced yet. Well, one is now public, and it’s a technology rather than a gadget per se. It’s Intel’s new-generation Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, code-named “Sandy Bridge” and featuring a CPU, graphics, and memory controller integrated on one die for better performance and battery life. The first new i7-based PCs are now shipping, and Intel says that five hundred Sandy Bridge computers, based on 29 variants of the platform, are in the works.
Last Gadget Standing judge Joanna Stern has a good explanation of all this over at Engadget.
Here’s a recap of the other seven LGS finalists that are public:
..and there are two more to go, which you’ll know about soon. Once we’ve disclosed ‘em all, we’ll invite you to vote in an Web poll (starting on Wednesday) which will determine our People’s Choice winner. And if you happen to be in Las Vegas this week, please join us on Saturday for our live event at 10:30am in room N255 at the convention center. See some of you in person, I hope–and even more of you at the online poll.