Intel talks more about Ultrabooks

Earlier this year Intel first revealed plans to offer notebook PC makers a new design called Ultrabooks. The new product was supposed to be an answer for Apple's popular MacBook Air notebook. This week Intel revealed more about its thoughts about the Ultrabooks project. However it looks like the prices for the first notebooks could be higher than what Intel first announced.

In a post on one of Intel's blog sites, team member Becky Emmett wrote, "This new breed of devices will combine best in class performance, responsiveness and security in thin and light, elegant form factors. Eventually you'll think of an Ultrabook as a tablet when you want it, a PC when you need it." As we have previously reported the Ultrabook design is supposed to be both light and thin with Emmett stating that it is designed to be "less than 21 mm thick - some much thinner than even that." The design is also supposed to have a long battery life, between 5 to 8 hours, along with being able to start up quickly. Emmett adds, "We are totally jazzed about all of this. It's a good time to be working in this industry and it's awesome time to be working at Intel. It's also a fantastic time to be a user of technology - never before have we had so many choices of devices to suit our personal needs and lifestyles. If you think today's variety of computing devices is exciting, you ain't seen nothing yet."

The first Ultrabooks are supposed to start shipping in September with a number of major PC makers already announcing plans to create notebooks based on Intel's design. However there may be a big fly in the Ultrabook ointment. Intel had previously said Ultrabooks would be priced below $1,000. However, Digitimes reports via unnamed sources that when Asus releases its Ultrabook-based products, they will have a price point of between $1,000 to $1,600. The article says, " ... yield rates for panels and key components are still lower than originally expected and therefore production costs are relatively high."

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Ultrabook - now with the great "cretina" resolution 1024*600.

Intel ****ed up the netbook market with it's toy processors and the stupid resolution limitation. I would've loved to have a 11" at 1366*768 netbook, but no Intel had to impose limitation on ram and resolution.

KingCrimson said,
Macbook Air at his thickest is 17mm. Good luck with even matching that AND fitting in Sandy Bridge architecture!

Well AMD can already do that with its A series processors, plus you get a far more powerful graphics card.

KingCrimson said,
Macbook Air at his thickest is 17mm. Good luck with even matching that AND fitting in Sandy Bridge architecture!

The Macbook Air recently got updated to use Sandy Bridge. The whole Ultrabook thing simply sounds like providing an all-Intel platform for other manufacturers to make similar machines.

Memnochxx said,
5 hours is supposed to be long battery life?

It would be nice to get an ultrabook's guts in a netbook or regular laptop's shell while using the extra space for more battery capacity.

What about heat? will they be fanless? The laptop I'm currently using is trying to melt the lower half of my body, one of the reasons I prefer tablets.

So now the only thing we have going for us against Apple is the OS. Dumbasses. Even though Windows 7 is a far superior OS for my use, the PC industry is taking away it's biggest asset in this department. It's supposed to be a LOT cheaper knuckleheads.

jimmyfal said,
So now the only thing we have going for us against Apple is the OS. Dumbasses. Even though Windows 7 is a far superior OS for my use, the PC industry is taking away it's biggest asset in this department. It's supposed to be a LOT cheaper knuckleheads.

Imagine the Macbook Air running Windows 7. Oh wait, using Bootcamp you can do exactly that!

KingCrimson said,

Imagine the Macbook Air running Windows 7. Oh wait, using Bootcamp you can do exactly that!

So you have to pay too much for a Macbook Air, then buy a copy of windows. No thanks. I'll buy a cheaper windows based laptop with windows already installed.

KingCrimson said,

Imagine the Macbook Air running Windows 7. Oh wait, using Bootcamp you can do exactly that!

You can run Windows 7 using Bootcamp but the performance suffers. So, its not the same experience as on the ultrabooks.

Critical Error said,
You can run Windows 7 using Bootcamp but the performance suffers. So, its not the same experience as on the ultrabooks.

Boot Camp is nothing more than a utility to help install alternative operating systems. Win7 runs as natively on the Macbook Air as it does on any laptop. Any performance deficiencies are a driver problem.

OSX does have far superior power management though so the Air will have a better battery life on it. OSX Lion also has some nice laptop specific improvements like more trackpad gestures, full screen modes (that hide any extra menus and the dock) to maximize screen space for single apps etc.

Critical Error said,
You can run Windows 7 using Bootcamp but the performance suffers. So, its not the same experience as on the ultrabooks.

Bootcamp consists of a wizard to set up the windows partition, and a disk of drivers.
So does that mean all laptops that come with a disk of drivers "suffers" with performance.
Such a trivial assumption tells me that you shouldn't be posting about performance comparisons about things you have literally no understanding of.