A PC Macbook Air: Can Intel has?

Subject: General Tech, Processors, Systems | July 9, 2011 - 11:45 PM |
Tagged: Intel, ultrabook

Intel has been trying to push for a new classification of high-end, thin, and portable notebooks to offset the netbook flare-up of recent memory. Intel hopes that by the end of 2012, these “Ultrabooks” will comprise 40% of consumer notebook sales. What is the issue? They are expected to retail in the 1000$ range which is enough for consumers to buy a dual-core laptop with 4 GB of RAM and a tablet. Intel is not fazed by this and has even gone to the effort of offering money to companies wishing to develop these Ultrabooks; the OEMs are fazed, however, and even with Intel’s pressing there is only one, the ASUS UX21, slated to be released in September.

Asus sticking its neck out. (Video by Engadget)

For the launch, Intel created three processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture: the i5-2557M, the i7-2637M, and the i7-2677M. At just 17 watts of power, these processors should do a lot on Intel’s end to support the branding of Ultrabooks having long battery life and an ultra-thin case given the lessened need for heat dissipation. Intel also has two upcoming Celeron processors which are likely the same ones we reported on two months ago. Intel has a lot to worry about when it comes to competition with their Ultrabook platform though; AMD will have products that appeal to a similar demographic for half the price and tablets might just eat up much of the rest of the market.

Do you have a need for a thousand dollar ultraportable laptop? Will a tablet not satisfy that need?

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Source: ZDNet
July 10, 2011 | 01:28 AM - Posted by JSL

The difference between the Asus and Apple device is thet the Asus probably spanks the Macbook Air' performance stupidly silly.

July 10, 2011 | 03:26 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Definitely. There is even talk of RAGE potentially being playable on Sandy Bridge GPUs if that puts it in any performance perspective.

July 10, 2011 | 01:22 PM - Posted by Rick Samuels (not verified)

Sounds like the perfect notebook. Slim, light, great battery life, good CPU performance and Windows!

July 10, 2011 | 02:12 PM - Posted by ThomasR (not verified)

Tablets are and will for the next few years at least still be niche. At the 'air' size and snappy load times you lose very little inconvenience with an ultrabook but gain a keyboard - still the most productive input method. Until we see universally better UI's built around touch tablets will not reign.

July 10, 2011 | 03:22 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah I'm not exactly the best candidate for mobile devices being that any time I want to do computing is when I'm around my desktop computer. Ryan and to a lesser extent Al poke fun at a few of us for not being cellphone junkies but people like me just don't need them because they just don't have the opportunity to use them.

July 15, 2011 | 05:59 PM - Posted by Stink Bug Steve (not verified)

$1000 no but $800 yes....It look wonderful..Now add Webos to it...Just a thought

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