First Ultrabooks to launch in October

Intel has been promoting its Ultrabook design for a few months now, but it looks like the first PC that will be made from the Ultrabook specifications will be released sometime in October. Digitimes reports that Asus will hold a press event in New York City in October to present its first notebook built using the Ultrabook design. The thin and light notebook is supposed to also have long battery life, according to Intel's specs. Asus is expected to offer five or six different kinds of Ultrabooks-based notebooks that will have screen sizes of 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. Other tech specs for the Asus Ultrabooks have yet to be released.

Intel first announced its Ultrabooks concept back in May during the Computex PC hardware trade show in Taiwan. However, since then Asus is the only PC maker to have publicly announced its plans to release notebooks using the Intel design. Other PC makers such as HP, Dell and Toshiba have reportedly signed on to also make Ultrabooks, but it's now looking like those companies are going to wait to see how Asus does with the design. Intel hopes that the notebooks will compete with Apple's thin-and-light MacBook Air notebook that has sold very well since it's launch in 2008.

Intel's stated goal was for PC makers to sell Ultrabooks for less than $1,000. However, the Digitimes article claims that Intel is going to provide some kind of help to PC makers in order for them to meet that sub-$1,000 price goal.

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