Ultrabooks being made cheaper and as thin as MacBook Air.
Intel has been working on a new concept for Intel processor based laptops called Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are being made as direct competitor of MacBook Air, with thin streamlined body while packing a lot of power within $1000 budget. Ultrabooks which have screen size of 11″ to 13″ will be around 0.7″ thick and materials will cost under $710. The bigger 14″ to 17″ models will be 0.8″ thick and parts will be under $650 in parts. Regardless of size, Ultrabooks will pack an Intel Sandy Bridge processor with upgrades to Ivy Bridge architecture on the horizon.
Manufacturers like Asus and HP are already readying their products for launch later this year. But a recent report from DigiTimes indicate that Manufacturers are struggling to keep the cost down unlike what Intel had expected. So, Intel has put together a reference list of materials to show potential Ultrabook creators how to bring their models in at under $1000.
ASUS UX21 - One of first commercially available Ultrabook
Intel is reportedly convening a meeting of PC makers in Tapei next week to get them onside with its Ultrabook plans. We’ll see whether it can match that price promise when the Asus UX21 and the HP Ultrabook line break cover.