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Will the 'Utlrabook' replace notebooks and tablets?

Intel is reportedly going to push a new type of computer that will slot in between being a netbook and a tablet computer. The question is - will anyone make it? And will you buy it?

Chip-maker Intel (remember the "Intel Inside" slogan?) said several weeks ago it would like to introduce a type of portable computer known as the Ultrabook.

These would be small and extra thin portable computer - but more powerful and larger than tablets like the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

But, according to the DigiTimes, there may be a problem. It's sources say "downstream vendors," brands like Toshiba and Dell that actually make laptops, are being a little hesitant with the whole idea.

Intel reportedly claims these Ultrabooks will cost less than $1,000, but the manufacturers are skeptical. 

The roadblock is the fact that these Ultrabooks would be powered by Intel's relatively new Ivy Bridge processor - you know, the 3D tri-gate brains Intel plans to produce soon. 

These processors sip electricity and are lightning quick; those are key traits for any portable computer. 

The CPUs are cutting-edge and could be pricey - and all but one company is stepping back from the Ultrabook idea Intel is fronting. 

The one brave outlet is Asus. They're planning to launch an Ultrabook concept-based computer this September.

It's an essential step for Intel, even if it's a baby step, since the the chip giant wants 40 per cent of consumer notebooks to be an Ultrabook.

Would you buy an Ultrabook?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets



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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.