Intel introduces Ultrabook notebook concept

Intel has unveiled a new notebook concept that seems to be designed to combat the growing tablet market. PC World reports that Intel is calling the concept the Ultrabook. It announced the concept this week during the Computex PC hardware trade show in Taiwan. The Ultrabook sounds an awful lot like Apple's MacBook Air notebook. Intel says the Ultrabook is designed to be less than an inch thick and cost less than $1,000. The device will also have a long battery life and will provide "instant on" features for its users.

Intel says the first Ultrabooks will launch later this year and will feature "Sandy Bridge" based Core i5 and i7 processors. That's an interesting move considering that Intel already has a low-powered processor, the Atom, that would seem to be perfect for the Ultrabook. Intel clearly believes that this new concept will catch on with consumers looking for a new laptop. In fact it predicts that by the end of 2012, about 40 percent of notebooks sold will be in the category that the Ultrabook is supposed to serve. Intel has announced that Asus has already jumped in with its Ultrabook product, the UX21, which should be out by the end of the year.

Intel likely sees that the netbook concept, which it championed for some time, is getting phased out in favor of the growing tablet market. Intel likely hopes that this new Ultrabook, which sounds more powerful than a netbook while still retaining the weight and other features of netbooks,

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Wish I could see some different angles. Whatever is pictured here doesn't look like any of the pictures of the UX21 floating around the internet. I realize it's a concept but give me something to chew on!

I just want a laptop I can sit on my lap that doesn't cause my testicles to overheat and potentially make me infertile!

Ently said,
I just want a laptop I can sit on my lap that doesn't cause my testicles to overheat and potentially make me infertile!

ROFL! Don't get a Dell then. This one I'm pretty sure will burn a hole through my desk one of these days...

SHaGGGz said,
This is basically a Windows version of Macbook Air, which is exactly what I want.

Why not get a macbook air and put windows on it? it's not actually badly priced.

offroadaaron said,

Why not get a macbook air and put windows on it? it's not actually badly priced.

why you will spend ridiculous amount of money just to install windows on an underpowered machine?

"The Ultrabook sounds an awful lot like Apple's MacBook Air notebook. Intel says the Ultrabook is designed to be less than an inch thick and cost less than $1,000."
I guess it doesn't sound awful lot like an Macbook Air since the first sentence contradicts the second.

Looks sexy as hell! I'm not a huge laptop/netbook/notebook fan but that looks nice to me.

But I doubt I'll be replacing our 2 quad core gaming pc's or the kids laptops with one anytime soon....

Baked said,
Looks sexy as hell! I'm not a huge laptop/netbook/notebook fan but that looks nice to me.

But I doubt I'll be replacing our 2 quad core gaming pc's or the kids laptops with one anytime soon....

A kid would probably snap this in half...

Make sure it has a touch screen for scrolling and you have something, I've been saying this since day ONE. PADS are a pain in the ass to hold. Anyone who thinks the PAD will over take the hard keyboard is in lala marketing land.

jimmyfal said,
Make sure it has a touch screen for scrolling and you have something, I've been saying this since day ONE. PADS are a pain in the ass to hold. Anyone who thinks the PAD will over take the hard keyboard is in lala marketing land.
*Current* Pads are a pain in the ass to hold. If you don't like it, wait a couple more years for the one you think is easy to hold. The original Kindle had the right amount of space for holding the device.