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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I'm really looking forward to these. Hopefully one of these ultrabooks will have a trackpad that measures up to the Macbook. That's the achilles heel of all these so-called competitors.

Someone correct me, because I'm sure I'm wrong with my perception.

The point of Intel's Ultrabook design is to compete with Apple's Macbook Air laptops, right? Uber thin and lightweight and all of that...

Is that all it's got going for it? Because other than being a fashion statement, I don't see how anyone can justify the premium over any other existing laptop that goes for a few hundreds less...

_dandy_ said,
Someone correct me, because I'm sure I'm wrong with my perception.

The point of Intel's Ultrabook design is to compete with Apple's Macbook Air laptops, right? Uber thin and lightweight and all of that...

Is that all it's got going for it? Because other than being a fashion statement, I don't see how anyone can justify the premium over any other existing laptop that goes for a few hundreds less...

Touchscreen, Windows 8? Ivy Bridge?

Engadget: Acer Aspire 3951 photos leaked, new Ultrabooks to launch in September.
Quote: While there is no official word on this exact model, Acer head-honcho JT Wang mentioned last week that the outfit was prepping to launch a new Ultrabook in September for about $800

FMH said,
I wish they would start with low prices, and than raise it when a sales momentum is build.

Or they could keep the low price and thus as sales grow the margins grow to the point that it becomes profitable.

Intel graphics... I would not be surprised if they actually reach the sub 1000 price goal. with little or no effort.