Meteor Lake will initially be available exclusively as a mobile platform for mini PCs and AiO devices
Intel has clarified the launch of its first-generation Core Ultra processors codenamed Meteor Lake. From this we can see that they will be quite late for the classic desktop PC variant, i.e. that there is no LGA 1851 platform with the appropriate tray format (socket), but they will only be available for mini PCs and AiO devices.
The desktop PC variant of the processor that mounts on motherboards using a proper socket format will not, at least not yet, see Meteor Lake products. They will, as Wccftech writes citing a quoted statement from Intel managers, be limited only to mini PCs and AiO devices that actually use mobile versions of the chips.
This seems to mean that Intel Meteor Lake CPUs for the LGA 1851 socket are practically cancelled. For PC gamers and enthusiasts this is a disappointing development and it looks like they will have to wait a little longer until Arrow Lake-S is once again positioned at the top of the CPU family for LGA 1851 platforms.
Intel Arrow Lake-S desktop CPUs are due to arrive in the second half of next year, and should replace the 14th generation Raptor Lake Refresh processors and the LGA 1700 platform.
When it comes to Meteor Lake, we know that companies such as Asus, Gmktec and Minisforum are already working on mini PCs that will have this processor, and their launch is expected during the CES 2024 fair.