Ultrabooks only shipping small unit amounts at first

Intel's design for the thin-and-light Ultrabook PC notebook became a reality last week when companies like Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer first revealed and showed off their products at the IFA trade show in Berlin. While the first notebooks with the Ultrabook design should be released later this year, Digitimes reports that unit shipments for those notebooks will be below 50,000 units until the end of the year.

Some of the reasons for the small number of shipments are hardware based. The report claims there are still some issues with Ultrabooks' cost as well as the technology inside of them. Intel first announced the Ultrabook design back in May and said it would like for PC makers to sell them for under $1,000. So far only Toshiba's Ultrabook, the Protege Z830, has a price that will start around Intel's goal. These cost issues are making PC makers cautious about going all in with Intel's design. The article claims Intel plans to hold a conference with its Ultrabook partners on September 14 with the hope that these cost problems can be resolved at that time.

So far the Ultrabooks that have been announced by the various PC makers all share a number of features including weighing about 2.5 pounds and a casing that's only .63 inches thick. Intel's vision for the Ultrabooks include having a long battery life and being able to start up in just a few seconds. It remains to be seen if any of the thin-and-light notebooks that are due out by the end of the year will have all of the features that Intel would like to see in their initial design.

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While these four companies may be offering nice computers, they have the problem of getting a mass amount of people to buy these things. They just can't get the same marketing clout that Apple has, and all the 3rd party companies that fully support Apple's fancy computers, which enables Apple to mass produce their computers more easily. A Catch-22.

If each company could fully rally behind only one particular Ultrabook line in their offerings, rather than dropping out so many different types like they normally do, then maybe they have a chance if the Ultrabook is unique enough and well-featured.

.63 inches hahahah give me a break! Learn the metric system, its called 16mm. Plus now you are just breaking the rules of the imperial system as it is not a decimal point system. Could you imagine current intel transistor sizes in inches

Iridium said,
.63 inches hahahah give me a break! Learn the metric system, its called 16mm. Plus now you are just breaking the rules of the imperial system as it is not a decimal point system. Could you imagine current intel transistor sizes in inches

everybody laugh at our imperial system