CES 2013: Intel to OEMs: Get Touch or You Can't Call it an "Ultrabook" Anymore
January 7, 2013 4:45 PM
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Top processor maker predicts $599 multi-touch ultrabooks, 13 hour battery life
with Microsoft Corp.'s (
) touch-driven operating system turn with Windows 8, it's about to get worse. Intel Corp. (
) announced at its Monday afternoon press conference at the
2013 Consumer Electronics Show
at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada that
next generation Core i-Series "Ultrabook" machines will be
required to have touch
In other words, for OEMs less than enthusiastic about touch displays for laptops, you will be forced to either begrudgingly add touch or may be bumped down the supply ladder when it comes to Intel's latest and greatest upcoming Ultrabook-aimed chip -- the
new 22 nm architecture
(a "tock" release).
Thus Intel appears to be following an approach similar to Microsoft's with Windows 8 -- shoving innovation down the throat of the market.
Both device designers and customers will now be forced to deal with this force-feeding -- whether or not they feel ready for it. Ultimately that may be a wise decision for both companies; Microsoft otherwise would risk being overrun by master marketers and innovators like Google Inc. (
) and Apple, Inc. (
), while Intel would risk losing more ground to ARM Holdings Plc. (
For OEMs who play nice, there will be rewards.
Intel showed off a 13-inch reference design that delivered 13 hour battery life, when in laptop mode (10 hours when in tablet mode, detachable via a one-touch latching mechanism). Intel is claiming that the battery bump from
is the "largest generation on generation battery life increase in the history of Intel."
The processor maker believes that by the holidays $599 USD or below touch laptops will be available to consumers, with the latest Intel Core processors.
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RE: Doesn't make sense
1/8/2013 1:53:18 PM
Big screens are cool, the rest of the things you list are either non-features or gimmicks. Even voice search doesn't matter as Google's voice app on the iPhone is better than what's on Android, same with Maps.
Hardware and software on iOS are better. Gimmicks like batteries and cards seem to matter more to you.
RE: Doesn't make sense
1/8/2013 5:35:49 PM
How is NFC, 1920x1080 res screens, mini HDMI, Micro USB Micro SD and removable batteries gimmicks? Seriously, those are not just features, they are highly useful features that high end phones should have.
I notice you totally sidestepped your "Anandtech says iPhone 5 is the best phone" thing too. hmmm... Got link?
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