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Friday, 02 September 2011 22:11

Intel’s answer to tablets are ultrabooks

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Tablets still to happen, so they claim
We spent some time at Intel’s cafeteria, benchmarking the food against Nvidia’s cafeteria, and talking about the future of Intel between bites. According to some PR chaps we talked to, the future for Intel is ultrabook.

It’s a skinny notebook that can do more than a tablet, runs Windows 7 and can offer some decent battery life, like eight or more hours in the best case scenario, and all that should not cost more than $999.

Intel expects to showcase many design wins IDF that starts of September 13th in San Francisco, and many of the machines have already made an early appearance at Berlin’s IFA consumer show.

The big issue is how the market reacts on these rather expensive machines, but Intel hopes that business consumers won’t mind spending at least $999 and up for skinny, light and sexy notebook, that should be their main tool to fight tablets.

Intel reminds us that it has a tablet chip, Oak Trail Atom Z670, and that in 2012 it plans a 32nm Atom Cedar Trail version of its tablet chip. This should happen sooner in 2012 rather than later. Intel also thinks that Windows 8 will make a big difference in this market.

Intel also reminded us that tablets didn’t really happen this year for anyone but Apple, and that Android and ARM partners have miles to go before they pose a serious threat to Apple. Still, tablets did start to make a difference in the second part of 2011, but we believe that no one made big bucks out of them, aside from Apple of course.
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+3 #1 Nintendork 2011-09-03 00:59
No gives a damn crap about intel's shitty atoms.

Tablets:
ARM or Fusion Z, no more.
 
 
+2 #2 Alterecho 2011-09-03 03:02
Do these notebooks ditch DVD drives like apple did with the Mac Mini?

I personally like to have a DVD drive.
 
 
+2 #3 JEskandari 2011-09-03 11:30
the question that was not answered in the article was which one was better ?
Intel food or Nvidia food
 
 
+3 #4 dicobalt 2011-09-03 15:35
Quoting Alterecho:
Do these notebooks ditch DVD drives like apple did with the Mac Mini?

I personally like to have a DVD drive.


Since Windows 8 supports ISO mounting you can copy that dvd to your hard drive. It's not like you can't do that already though.
 
 
+2 #5 123s 2011-09-04 11:56
Idd, I never missed a drive on my but smaller size/weight is always a plus.
 
 
-2 #6 gadoran 2011-09-04 21:17
Quoting Nintendork:
No gives a damn crap about intel's shitty atoms.

Tablets:
ARM or Fusion Z, no more.


Maybe u mean ARM, no more on tablets :).
Fusion Z is very very late and it's uncertain if it is a rudimental SOC or a downclocked Brazos with chipset. Amd is not in this race in 2012 :). Fortunately Intel has a brand new SOC under development, with a faster and more advanced core versus Atom
. Anyway no Apple Tablets are a small market....who cares about them?????
 
 
-1 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-09-04 22:51
"Intel also reminded us that tablets didn’t really happen this year for anyone but Apple, and that Android and ARM partners have miles to go before they pose a serious threat to Apple. Still, tablets did start to make a difference in the second part of 2011, but we believe that no one made big bucks out of them, aside from Apple of course."

Because Apple made the best tablet and the consumers know it! Flooding the market with hapless, fragmented junk won't cut it. Apple's approach is like the console's and it's better off for it!
 
 
-1 #8 gadoran 2011-09-05 10:06
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Because Apple made the best tablet and the consumers know it! Flooding the market with hapless, fragmented junk won't cut it. Apple's approach is like the console's and it's better off for it!


Agreed, Apple has the right product :).
Moreover Tablet is a strange thing....at least for now is very limited in cpu resources and graphic, it's very expensive !!!. I'll never buy it, with 480 Euro i can have a decent 4GB-discrete graphic notebook widely faster, flexible and able to do an heavy workload if necessary :).
Intel is right, only Apple can do money from this market segment :).
 
 
0 #9 dan 2011-09-05 12:43
Fudo, why do you talk to PR ? They'll shovel bullshit at you, and you just seem to swallow it. Go and talk to the engineers, the real people that know what's going on.
 

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