Details about the desktop side of the Intel Ivy Bridge CPU family surfaced on the web late last month. Now, it’s the turn of the Ivy Bridge mobile CPU lineup. Our friends over at VR-Zone on Tuesday leaked Intel’s Ivy Bridge mobile CPU roadmap. As with their desktop counterparts, the mobile chips will also arrive in the second quarter of 2012. Hit the jump for details.
Intel has made a solid investment in ultrabooks and has a lot riding on the success of these MacBook Air-esque mobile PCs. With the idea of ultrabooks being the Santa Clara-based chipmaker’s brainchild, it’s no surprise that it remains undeterred by the initial response to ultrabooks. If anything, the lukewarm response has only made Intel more committed to these ultra-thin and -light laptops. To this end, it's now trying to play matchmaker between ODMs and small PC vendors.
Hewlett-Packard joined the growing Ultrabook fracas back in November when it announced the HP Folio 13. Weighing in at 3.3 pounds and wielding a 13.3-inch display, the Folio 13 was to be one of just a few Ultrabooks with a starting price below $1,000. HP said it would be available to order beginning December 7, 2011, and true to its word, the Folio 13 is live and in stock.
By this time next year, we expect the mobile market will be inundated with Ultrabook models from manufacturers far and wide. But for now, Ultrabooks are fairly few and far between, with only a handful of notebook makers already on board. You can add LG Electronics to the list, a surprise entry who hasn't made much chatter in regard to this new class of notebook, but just unveiled its new X-Note Z330 series nonetheless.
So, Ultrabooks haven’t exactly been lighting the sales charts on fire. Theoretically, 2012 is supposed to be the year sales take off. Some critics say that can only happen if pricing comes down, but Ultrabook suppliers say it’s hard to shave off more cash because of high manufacturing costs. Well, that might be changing soon. Today, Acer president Jim Wong predicted that Ultrabooks should see $100 to $200 price cuts by midway through 2012. Heck, if that isn’t low enough for you, he thinks Ultrabooks should clock in as low as $500 by 2013.
Intel was hoping its Ultabook concept would snag a 40 percent share of the overall notebook market by 2012, and while that seems a bit optimistic, market research firm IHS iSuppli forecasts Ultrabooks will account for no less than 43 percent of all laptops by 2015. Neither of those memos have found their way over to Gigabyte or MSI.
It takes a collective effort from component makers to realize Intel's vision of what an Ultrabook should look like, and Samsung is doing its part to keep the form factor slim and sleek. The storage maker just kicked off volume production of its Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) solid state drives (SSDs) designed for all kinds of ultra-slim notebooks, and in particular Ultrabooks.
Despite affordability being an integral part of Intel’s ultrabook vision, PC vendors are finding it difficult to honor the $1,000 price cap stipulated by the chip maker. If it’s the price that’s keeping you from buying your first ultrabook, you might not have to wait all that long now for a dip in ultrabook prices. Hit the jump for more.
The “world’s lightest 13-inch laptop” is here in the form of the Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook, which is available now from Toshiba.com in four models starting at $879. However, only one of them is configurable and all others can only be bought as is. Hit the jump for more.
Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks! If you think you’re hearing an awful lot about the portable, powerful laptops now, be prepared to be flooded in Ultrabook news next year. According to a key director behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show, as many as half a hundred Ultrabooks could break cover at CES 2012. In fact, it's starting to sound like CES 2012's slogan could be "Smaller is better."