You might have heard of Ultrabooks. They’re the PC world’s answer to slim, fast laptops like the MacBook. Designed by Intel, Ultrabook laptop sales have been growing over the last few months, and they’ve managed to inject some hope into a deflated PC industry.
In past years, PC manufacturers had concentrated mainly on developing low-cost, low-quality laptops, giving PCs a bad reputation. This meant that the premium computer market was basically gifted to Apple and its line of MacBooks without much of a fight. Today, Ultrabooks are working to turn that image around.
Well, the Ultrabook world is about to get a lot more exciting. Intel’s CEO recently announced that a ‘flood’ of touchscreen Ultrabooks would soon be hitting tech shelves around the world. The new touch screen Ultrabooks would feature Intel Ivy Bridge architecture, making them faster and more responsive than ever before.
Ivy Bridge is Intel’s newest chipset. It’s faster and more stable than previous chipsets, which means that Ivy Bridge laptops are sure to impress when they’re released over the next few months.
So what does it mean when the CEO of Intel says to expect a “flood” of Ultrabooks? How many is a flood? Well, according to rumors, there are approximately 140 different touch-screen Ultrabook models in development by a wide range of manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, Toshiba, and the usual suspects. That’s a lot! It’s a big shift to go from 0 touchscreen Ultrabooks on the market to over 140 in under a year.
Intel also claims that a number of ultra-fast Windows 8 tablets are currently in development. Those tablets use an upcoming Intel chipset code-named “Clover Trail.”
How much are these touchscreen Ultrabooks expected to cost? Well, it’s difficult to say at this point, but with so many different Ultrabooks in development, consumers can expect to see a wide range of laptops across all price ranges. According to reports, there will be sub-$700 Ultrabooks for the first time, which means that laptops will be priced for $699. But $699 for a fast, premium quality laptop should be a good deal for consumers if the manufacturers can pull it off.
What do you think? Touchscreen Ultrabooks paired with Windows 8 sounds like a winning combination to me, but how responsive will these touchscreens be? And for Ultrabooks in the sub-$700 range, will their touchscreens last for more than a year? Or will they fall apart like cheaper laptop PCs?
All of these questions will be answered as we move closer to the Windows 8 release date in October of 2012. Until then, let us know what you think in the comments!