First Ultrabook-based notebooks announced

We've been waiting for the first notebook to be announced that would use the Ultrabook design created by Intel. Today we got our wish as Toshiba revealed its plans to release the Portege Z830. This "MacBook Air killer" keeps all of the important aspects of the Ultrabook design that Intel first announced back in May. That includes a thin and light design and a price that's well below Apple's own thin and light product.

The Portege Z830 is made with a magnesium alloy that Toshiba says is "reinforced with an enhanced Honeycomb Rib design and new internal structures that provide shock absorption and increased rigidity." It has a 13.3 inch screen and weighs less than 2.5 pounds whilst packing a solid state drive with 128 GB of storage and a backlit LED keyboard into its .63 inch thick casing. Toshiba's ultrabook will be powered by a version of Intel's second generation Core processor but details on exactly which model chip will be put inside were not announced. The Portege Z830 is scheduled for release in November and will have start at a price point under $1,000.

Rival Lenovo also announced today plans to offer up its own Ultrabook notebook, the IdeaPad U300. It will be released sometime in November but while it shares most of the same specs as the Toshiba Ultrabook, Lenovo says the IdeaPad U300 will start selling for $1,199. While not officially announced, an upcoming Ultrabook-based notebook made by Acer has been spotted by Slashgear via an Italian web site.

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Lion and Lamb Ministry said,
Ok so, no number keypad, no cd/dvd player writer,
and what is that ONE USB port, I could go on, and they want a THOUSAND DOLLARS for this...bahahahahahahahaha

Fn + Alt on J, K, L, U, I, O, 7, 8, 9 = numpad (plus surrounding keys for operation signs)
Only 80+ year olds use optical media.
Where did they say it's only one USB port?

lol you think $1000 is a lot of money

Lion and Lamb Ministry said,
Ok so, no number keypad, no cd/dvd player writer, and what is that ONE USB port, I could go on, and they want a THOUSAND DOLLARS for this...bahahahahahahahaha

No number pad is a REASON I am willing to pay more.

I'm going to take a blind guess and say that they dropped the ball with an ultra-low resolution display (1366x768px). They should have at least used a WXGA+.

Relativity_17 said,
I'm going to take a blind guess and say that they dropped the ball with an ultra-low resolution display (1366x768px). They should have at least used a WXGA+.
That would be a huge deal breaker. It would make spending a bit extra for the MBA worth it (even if you're just going to run Windows)

Relativity_17 said,
I'm going to take a blind guess and say that they dropped the ball with an ultra-low resolution display (1366x768px). They should have at least used a WXGA+.

1366x768 is a fine resolution for a 13.3" laptop. Anything higher should be optional for those who want it (not me).

Jayayess1190 said,

1366x768 is a fine resolution for a 13.3" laptop. Anything higher should be optional for those who want it (not me).
I find applications don't have enough space at 1366x768

Jayayess1190 said,

1366x768 is a fine resolution for a 13.3" laptop. Anything higher should be optional for those who want it (not me).

Yea, that's just it, it's fine, but it ain't good.
Why should the screen always be the cheapest component on every laptop, I'm so tired of it. Is it really to much to ask to get a decent looking screen with a good resolution?

That's one of the big selling points for the Macbook Airs, small computers with screens that doesn't suck. Ever used a netbook? If you have you'll know that the standard 1026x600 resolution for an 11" display is horrible for use with windows (works on tablets as the OS is build for such resolutions).
The 11" has 1366x768 which is normal for 13" laptops, the 13.3" has a 1440x900 which beats most 15" laptops...

I'm finding the opposite with screens at the moment. I'm in the market for a new laptop and the only ones with enough power for what I need are the 15.6" variety - they all have 1080p screens and I find this to be too much, due to my relatively poor eyesight. I've resigned myself to having to mess about with DPI settings for the foreseeable future.

bring on the lawsuits. does apple have a patent on all notebooks that weigh as much as the MBA? cause one of these is gonna end up being the same weight and that will be copyright infringement.

Iridium said,
Are you messing around, mocking Apple, or seriously wanting Apple to sue other companies for competing?

I get a feeling he was mocking, not sure though...
If anyone really want them to sue someone I am pretty sure I've seen one of these that look pretty much identical to the Macbook Airs except for the logo.

Rudy said,
So all we know is the weight, screen size and 128GB SSD?

Indeed... I'm not out to get a laptop right now, but if they want me to even consider these ultrabooks (over the macbook air) they'll have to beat the battry time and have a screen at least as good, preferbly while being cheaper.

Personally, the screen resolution is far more important than it's size, as a laptop and not my main computer it should be as small as possible with as high a resolution as possible, wouldn't surprise me at all if this ended up getting what's common for 13" inch windows laptops 1280x800 or 1360x768 the later of which Apple put in the 11"

How much money can Toshiba afford to lose? Apple is sitting on $80 billion cash and have no reason to lower the price on the MBA.