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Intel Corp. said it expects 75 different ultrabook designs from various manufacturers to become available throughout 2012. At present there are 26 ultrabook models available and with that number growing to 75, it is likely that the choice of ultrabooks will be pretty wide and consequent competition between manufacturers will clearly impact pricing.

"Industry momentum continues to scale in the Ultrabook category with 26 different models now available for purchase in various markets around the world. While the category is a mere 9 months old, manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide are adding more and more devices to their line-ups, such as the Dell XPS, HP Spectre and Toshiba Portege.  In addition to the twenty-six on sale already, 10 more systems have been announced by the likes of Fujitsu, Gigabyte, Lenovo and Acer among many others, with more than 75 designs in the pipeline for 2012," Becky Emmett, a spokeswoman for Intel, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

Intel believes that the ultrabook computers will marry the performance and capabilities of contemporary laptops with tablet-like features, such as instant-on, increased responsiveness, high power efficiency as well as enhanced security, in a thin, light and elegant design. Intel considers ultrabooks as a vision, not just as another product category and therefore it expects ultrabooks to evolve as quickly as its microprocessors. The ultimate goal is projected to be achieved sometimes in 2013 or even 2014.

Intel wants ultrabooks to cost from $700 to $1000, which should be in line, or little less, than Apple MacBook Air. Some PC makers will price their products in accordance with demands from Intel, but many PC makers will use premium materials - such as stainless steel, Corning Gorilla glass, carbon fiber and other - therefore, price of their ultrabooks will be higher than $1000.

Starting from late April, 2012, many manufacturers will introduce their new breed of ultrabooks powered by Intel Core i-series "Ivy Bridge" central processing units, new solid-state drives and other innovations. With improved performance and capabilities as well as in many cases thinner form-factors, the new-gen ultrabooks are likely become more popular among end-users.

Tags: Intel, Ultrabook, Core, Ivy Bridge, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Gigabyte, Fujitsu

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In 2-3 years the majority of laptops will be Ultrabooks. I can't wait for even better designs, price drops and even lighter, more portable laptops with even longer battery life. The era of 5-7 lbs laptops is coming to an end - Finally! Thanks to Intel, partly drawing its inspiration from MacBook Air, we can now afford a truly portable stylish laptop with high quality materials for <$1,000.

Once Haswell arrives and prices drop to $700-800 level, the slow uptake for Ultrabooks will turn into a high-speed bullet train. SSDs, 1080P screens, 3 lbs weight, 8-10 hour battery life, Thunderbolt. For the first time since 2006 and Centrino, I am actually excited that the laptop industry is undergoing another transformation. Hopefully this desire to build even thinner and better quality laptops will also translate into great 5-7 lbs gaming laptops as opposed to today's 9-12 lbs useless luggages.
2 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/27/12 06:57:28 AM]
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While I think its stupid to say that tablets will replace PCs, they are replacing laptops. Most people only need one portable large screen (ie not tiny screened phone) device, and most people are choosing to get a tablet instead of a laptop. This is just going to get worse not better. While most households still need a PC, if for nothing else then to manage iTunes, there isn't a similar need for both a laptop and tablet.
0 0 [Posted by: daneren2005  | Date: 03/27/12 10:40:10 AM]
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Ya, that's a good point. I more meant that for laptop owners who desire portability and light form factor, Ultrabooks is the best thing that has happened to laptops since Centrino (Core 2 Duo was the first Intel CPU primarily focused on mobile computing). Now Intel is focusing on revamping the main chassis of laptops to slim them down and put pressure on manufacturers to elevate the quality of construction materials.

I think a tablet is not going to replace laptops for students, professionals or people who you know actually do work on their computer. A tablet is better as a multimedia device.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/27/12 05:47:06 PM]
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Anton, you are certainly correct. I predicted essentially the same thing in January with an article titled- 2 Trends Stand Out, which can be found here- http://ppci.me/b/FXvH

I expanded on that in February with- Upcoming Notebook Sales Trends 2012 found at- http://ppci.me/b/FXsG

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0 0 [Posted by: Wordman  | Date: 03/27/12 11:03:44 AM]
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Anton, you are certainly correct. I predicted essentially the same thing in January with an article titled- 2 Trends Stand Out, which can be found here- http://ppci.me/b/FXvH

I expanded on that in February with- Upcoming Notebook Sales Trends 2012 found at- http://ppci.me/b/FXsG

I understand if you don't want to approve this post. Thanks for your patience.

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0 0 [Posted by: Wordman  | Date: 03/27/12 11:07:03 AM]
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Anton, you are certainly correct. I predicted essentially the same thing in January with an article titled- 2 Trends Stand Out, which can be found here- http://ppci.me/b/FXvH

I expanded on that in February with- Upcoming Notebook Sales Trends 2012 found at- http://ppci.me/b/FXsG

I understand if you don't want to approve this post. Thanks for your patience.

---Wordman-
0 0 [Posted by: Wordman  | Date: 03/27/12 11:07:43 AM]
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"but many PC makers will use premium materials - such as stainless steel, Corning Gorilla glass, carbon fiber and other, therefore, price if their ultrabooks will be higher than $1000." - Few typos and grammar errors in this one
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