The tablet market will be going on a diet very soon. Analysts predict a new breed of portable computers: Ultrabooks. A gutsy bring-it-on call by Intel is going to capture about 40 percent of the entire tablet and laptop market by the end of 2012. This new breed, spearheaded by Intel and its $300 million investment, promises “uncompromised” computing in a slim form, rapid operation, and extended battery life. Ultrabooks are ultralight and sleek notebook PCs that run on Intel’s i3 and i5 processors, only weigh about 2 pounds and are a mere 15 mm thick. The devices are meant to combine the faster processing speeds of PCs with the thin and lightweight design of tablets.
Ultrabooks are great products and exactly what the PC market needs. Their slim style will also appeal to potential tablet buyers who need to create content on the go. You cannot create a Word document or a PowerPoint display on a tablet device as you can with an Ultrabook. Ultrabooks will also have an anti-theft technology which will render a computer useless if stolen, as the operating system will lock up.
Ultrabooks have already gained an enormous boost in that four giant computer makers have recently signed up to produce skinny laptops under Intel’s Ultrabook trademark, including Toshiba, ASUS and Lenovo. But Acer became the first to introduce an Ultrabook in Australia last week, as it unveiled the Aspire A3. Toshiba has also created an Ultrabook that is scheduled to launch at a price below $1000 shortly.
The idea is that it’s a tablet when you want it to be and a notebook when you need it. And with laptop sales and prices diving, the Ultrabook may just be a potential savior for the industry.