The Intel-backed Ultrabook armada is all ready to set sail for an ambitious incursion into the domain of ultraportables. But the real motive is not to make a dent in the Apple-dominated ultraportable PC market but to stop the rapid advance of the iPad and other tablets. Even though Intel and its PC vendor chums have been making a lot of noise about this new breed of ultra-thin and light notebooks, Dell and HP continue to be conspicuous by their absence from the ranks of Ultrabook backers. So where are there Ultrabooks?
If a Digitimes report is to be believed, Ultrabooks from HP and Dell are on their way to the market. Taiwan-based supply chain makers have informed the site that HP and Dell will enter the Ultrabook fray at the end of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, respectively.
Its sources say that the production of HP’s maiden Ultrabook will be handled by Quanta Computer. As for Dell, Wistron is designing a 14-inch model that the vendor is expected to unveil at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).