Intel has already said that it expects over 20 Windows 8-based tablets with Intel processors to be released by the end of the year. But what about PC notebooks that are based on Intel's Ultrabook designs that will run on Windows 8? If an Intel executive is correct, we could be flooded with them when Windows 8 is launched on October 26th.
Netbooknews.com reports that, during the company's Ultrabook symposium in Taipei this week, Navin Shenoy, the VP of Intel's Architecture Group, said that we can expect a whopping 40 Ultrabooks based on Windows 8 to be released before the end of 2012; all of these Ultrabooks will have touch screens to support the Metro UI.
That's a massive amount of new Windows 8 touch screen products that will be released in addition to all the tablet devices that are also planned. It will be interesting to see how all of these products will affect sales of all those Android-based tablets already out on the market. Intel also claims that only 35 notebooks with the Ultrabook label have been released since the format launched in the fall of 2011.
The story also says that we should soon see a number of Ultrabooks priced at or around $699 in the near future. Intel has been trying to get PC makers to cut the price down on these thin-and-light notebooks.