Intel designed Windows 8 Ultrabook-notebook could cost $1,000

A few days ago, Lenovo revealed that its upcoming IdeaPad Yoga PC, an Ultrabook-tablet hybrid, could cost as much as $1,900 when it is released later this year running on Windows 8. Now Intel has chimed in with a price for another such Windows 8 hybrid product. This time its for a design called Cove Point, previously known as Letexo.

The design was first shown by Intel at CES 2012 and the company showed it off again last week as part of its Inter Developer Forum event in Beijing. Wired reports that the 12.5 inch touch screen of the Cove Point design rest on top of the device for tablet use. The screen can also slide up and out to expose a full notebook keyboard.

Intel says that the current design specs of the Cove Point product would make its final cost about $1,000. That's in the middle of the price range for current mainstream notebooks, and a lot cheaper than Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga, but still more expensive than the typical tablet device.

Intel won't actually be selling these Cove Point hybrid PCs on their own but will instead offer this design to other PC makers.

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WTF? So this laptop is too expensive yet no one bats an eye at spending far more for a bloody Macbook Air with shittier specs.

If this came with 8GB or more of RAM and allowed HDD replacement - say for a Vertex 4 SSD or the new Intel 520 -- I think this could make it into my next budget!

ok so people are failing here with the too expensive comments, mostly due to them comparing it to an iPad or android tablet. This is a full x86 ultrabook that turns into a tablet when you want it to but is a fully capable laptop computer when you dont.

The tablet only, ARM based systems are the ones you need to compare with other ARM based tablets, does this not make sense to some?

I'd say the 12.5" inches is better than the 10.5" on iPad and Androids, because I'd like a bigger screen on a tablet, but what's the resolution?

I like the design, but the price is too high.

Isn't that around £630? If they were to price it at that and have a good intregated GPU, this could be quite a nicely priced device.

TheCyberKnight said,
This is exactly what Windows 8 DOES NOT need for its mass appeal: expensive devices that target the minority.

If that's got an i5 or similar in it with 4GB RAM and a nice SSD, then $1000 is NOT expensive. as losever4 above states. You'll be able to buy cheaper tablet-only Win8 devices, but that is not what this is. This is a laptop replacement that can morph into a tablet when you're on the go.

TheCyberKnight said,
This is exactly what Windows 8 DOES NOT need for its mass appeal: expensive devices that target the minority.

people who usually buy tablets and laptops as separate devices will actually save money by having both for the price of just laptop.

I actually like the looks of the laptop on the top; to each their own I guess. If I were in the market for a thousand dollar computer, I'd jump on that one for sure if it had an i5/i7 with at least 4 GB of RAM.

At that size, it would have to be light as to succeed as a tablet, or ditch the touchscreen and stay an ultrabook. It's already been established that combining both into a single device doesn't work.

chAos972 said,
At that size, it would have to be light as to succeed as a tablet, or ditch the touchscreen and stay an ultrabook. It's already been established that combining both into a single device doesn't work.

having something light is really overhyped...
Really, it is a matter if it is overweight

chAos972 said,
At that size, it would have to be light as to succeed as a tablet, or ditch the touchscreen and stay an ultrabook. It's already been established that combining both into a single device doesn't work.
What? Established by who? As long as they can keep the weight low enough I would love something like this.

M4x1mus said,
What? Established by who? As long as they can keep the weight low enough I would love something like this.

I'm looking for something much the same as well, I want something that can be both depending on the situation.

Phouchg said,
Needs specs to tell the value.

Exactly, we really have nothing to go on other than the way it looks and it's price.

GP007 said,

Exactly, we really have nothing to go on other than the way it looks and it's price.

Better be close to top of the line if they are touting that kind of price tag....

losever4 said,
$1000 for i5 laptop, 4GB Ram with touchscreen, and it is thin. It is NOT expensive.

A $1000 or its equivilant in GBP is a lot of money to some of us, so in that respect it is expensive

losever4 said,
$1000 for i5 laptop, 4GB Ram with touchscreen, and it is thin. It is NOT expensive.

NOT expensive? I beg to differ.

losever4 said,
$1000 for i5 laptop, 4GB Ram with touchscreen, and it is thin. It is NOT expensive.

Some people are just cheapskates I guess =/

That thing at the top is ugly That's not the Intel is it? It looks like a cheap toy .... and if it's the Lenovo ... erk ... !

$1000 is not too expensive if you want and need a product like that. $1900... well, again it depends. Some people think I would have overpaid for my £1849 MacBook Pro (£2184 with the SSD and RAM I put in!) ... but it suits my needs perfectly. So I really think a product is worth what it's worth to any consumer willing to pay for the product.