The first Ultrabooks are expected by the end of the month and in November, but the second generation is already in development. It will bring more functions, a lower price, but also Intel’s coming Core i processors Ivy Bridge.
The latest formfactor by Intel, Ultrabooks, is something it has great expectations in and believes it till be the next big seller if they manage to keep prices down. We will see a few Ultrabooks of the first generation that will be based on Sandy Bridge, but this is because neither Intel nor its OEM partners intends to make much fuss until the first half of 2012 when Ivy Bridge arrives.
With help from Ivy Bridge they expect to get prices down, and ASUS has talked about Ultrabooks at 600 and less, but ODM companies have already presented Ultrabooks based on Intel Ivy Bridge.
Foxconn brand ”Ivy Bridge” Ultrabook
There’s nothing on the front except for this brand, brand – I like that
Foxconn has a computer under the brand ”brand”, which is pretty comical. Considering we are dealing with ODMs the idea is for OEMs to pick up on the design, make minor changes and put their own logo on them.
It comes with a 13.3″ screen with 1366 x 768 pixels, three USB 3.0, HDMI, on/off button for WiFi and audio out. The computer also has a SIM card slot and at least 3G. It is a bit heavier than other Ultrabooks, mouse buttons are integrated with the trackpad and the keyboard is the thinnest around.
Pegatron ”Ivy Bridge” Ultrabook
The next comes from ODM company Pegatron, a spin-off of ASUS. This computer has 13.3″ glossy screen with 1366 x 768 pixels, one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI, 4-i-1 card reader and audio output. The keyboard will somewhat better than Foxconn’s, and be overall light. Also here the mouse buttons are built into the trackpad. The model has no SIM card reader and thus no 3G/4G support, which feels a bit off since Ultrabooks are meant for mobility.
Inventec ”Ivy Bridge” Ultrabook
Last we have Inventec’s Ultrabook that also sports 13.3″ glossy screen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. The computer has two USB 3.0, 4-i-1 card reader, audio output, HDMI and like Foxconn Brand it has a SIM card slot for 3G or 4G. The computer is very light, and has the best keyboard of the three. Also here the mousepads are integrated into the trackpad, which means it may be one of the guidelines from Intel. It just makes us think of a flat MacBook Pro.
It is hard to say, if these designs are better than the Sandy Bridge-based Ultrabooks that will be released. Then we should keep in mind that none of these will be on the market, since it is IDF where ODMs wants to lure OEMs to pick up contracts. It looks like Ultrabooks has won great attentions also in the IT industry and is here to stay.