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New cheaper ultrabooks on the way

Intel has been pushing the ultrabook in a big way for the past year. There've been several companies that have jumped on the ultrabook bandwagon, but none of the machines have been a major success so far. That could change with Intel announcing that 75 new ultrabook designs are coming soon.
Intel also says that it expects the price of some of the machines to be as low $699. That would make for some of the cheapest ultrabook designs yet since pricing tends to start at about $800 for the roughly 21 ultrabooks currently on the market. The new designs will bring some nice upgraded features as well including touchscreens for Windows 8 and hybrid designs.
The tip on the new models come from Intel's general manager for PC client group, Kirk Skaugen. He said, "I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook."
Intel recently stated it would launch a massive advertising campaign costing "hundreds of millions of dollars" to push the virtues of its ultrabook design. The campaign is the largest since the platform launched. Along with a big advertising push, Intel also plans to create what it calls "ultrabook experience zones" in retail stores. The focus in these experience zones will be to help set the ultrabook apart from the traditional notebook in the mind of consumers.

It's not clear exactly when the new ultrabook designs will start hitting the market, but Windows 8 isn't expected until later this year.
"In order to be compliant to that section, you have to meet a series of tests that Intel is putting in the market place," he said. 
"Intel plans to ensure ultrabooks have a consistent experience. And if it's too thick it won't be called an ultrabook. It won't be allowed to be called an ultrabook because ultrabook is a trademark of Intel and we can protect the trademark."

Source: PC World

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Not interested.
By ritualm on 4/11/2012 1:08:39 PM , Rating: 1
At sub-$1000 price points you're guaranteed to get bottom-barrel 768p panels. When you can get a hugely better screen at just $500, the value proposition of these supposely-cheaper Failurebooks becomes iffy.

RE: Not interested.
By retrospooty on 4/11/2012 1:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
mmm, not really. Generally speaking, on laptops that have higher res options, its only $50 to $100 more to go up 1 and 2 notches on the resolution. IPS costs more, but I would be great with a standard non-ips lcd if it just had decent res.

RE: Not interested.
By ritualm on 4/11/2012 1:28:11 PM , Rating: 3
Then the companies need to simply make those options standard as opposed to continue feeding us 768p panels that wouldn't look out of place at a landfill.

Every time I read a laptop review and see it uses 768p I immediately close the tab. It's not worth whatever it's selling at. When the boss of Fusion Garage boasted their Grid 10 will have an industry-leading 768p panel the first thing that lit up in my head is the word FLOP.

RE: Not interested.
By retrospooty on 4/11/2012 1:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
Im with you there... that res needs to die on anything larger than 10 inches.

RE: Not interested.
By Mint on 4/13/2012 10:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a resolution nut, and 768p is pretty usable IMO, but I absolutely ABHOR the awful 200:1 contrast ratios in nearly every sub $1k notebook.

If budget TN monitors get near 1000:1, likewise for the screen on an eeePC, then why can't we get that in a notebook? I considered spending $500 extra to get a Sony Vaio just for the better screen.

Black levels are horrendous on typical notebook screens. I almost jizz myself every time I see an AMOLED's blacks...

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