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?
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