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Ultrabooks on the decline

About a month ago, Intel cut the outlook for its Q3 earnings by $1.1 billion. The reduction in earnings indicated that perhaps Intel's ultrabooks weren't selling as well as the company wanted. Intel originally hailed the ultrabook as the next big thing to revive the struggling PC economy. 
 
So far, ultrabooks haven't performed as well as expected in large part due to the high cost of the machines and increasing popularity of tablets. Research firm IHS iSuppli has cut its shipment expectations for ultrabooks globally during 2012. Previously, iSuppli expected 22 million ultrabooks to ship globally during 2012. The research firm has now cut that estimate to 10.3 million for the entire year.
 
The research firm cites two major reasons for poor sales in the ultrabook realm citing "nebulous marketing and unappealing price." ISuppli also points a finger at Intel as having to own up to standards that are too strict, confusing the marketplace between what's an ultrabook and what is an ultrathin notebook.


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"So far, the PC industry has failed to create the kind of buzz and excitement among consumers that is required to propel ultrabooks into the mainstream," Craig Stice, IHS's senior principal analyst for computer platforms, wrote in the report.
 
The research firm also criticized pricing of ultrabooks that sit near $1000 for most units. The company believes that a price cut bringing ultrabooks and the $600-$700 price range could increase sales next year. When Intel first started counting the ultrabook, $600-$700 was the price range many expected the machines to come to market in.
 
ISuppli believes that Intel's new processor, code-named Haswell, expected to launch in the middle of 2013 will also help improve sales in the ultrabook market. Windows 8 is also expected to have an impact on sales in the segment.

Source: CNN



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RE: the future is too expensive
By andrewaggb on 10/2/2012 12:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I think most people would be better off with an ipad and a $400 laptop. Combined price is cheaper than an ultrabook and probably more functional and practical for almost all use cases.

I think the current ipad craze is that people already have a computer/laptop and frankly even a 4 year old computer can do most of what consumers want these days so there is little incentive to upgrade.

Intel seems to have totally missed where the market was going. AMD kinda got it with their APU's, but without a competitive tablet/phone part and no high end cpu's they seem to be stuck in the budget laptop/desktop market.

I'd like to think windows 8 has a chance, and that windows 8 phones and tablets have a chance, but even then I'm not sure. I run into people who think the iPhone is too hard, and that's about as dumbed down as you can make a computing device.


"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer














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