Why is Intel so hesitant to indicate how many cores, etc. there are in a specific CPU. Sure would make it easier on we noobs. I actually went to AMD because they care enough to specify how many cores, speed, cache, etc. in their CPUs.
If you are trying to compare different laptops / desktops, then the lack of information is the retailers' / e-tailers' fault not Intel (or AMD when looking that their laptops / desktops).
If you walk into Best Buy to buy a laptop and Best Buy's listed specs for a laptop does not specifically say it is a dual core or quad core CPU, then make a complaint to Best Buy's sales manager.