If you’re a huge fan of Apple’s MacBook Air, but you can’t stand the thought of using the company’s Mac OS X operating system, then you’re probably looking forward to those super portable Ultrabooks that PC manufacturers keep promising.
According to details “leaked onto the Internet” and picked up by TechRadar, the first Ultrabooks from Dell and HP will enter production by the end of the year. Quanta Computer — the same company that produces Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet — will be producing the notebooks.
Dell’s first model, which will have a 14-inch screen and will be designed by Wistron, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2012. Details of the devices are still hard to come by at this point, however, they are said to be modeled on Apple’s hugely successful device, with powerful processors, extensive battery life, and USB 3.0 connectivity.
Ultrabooks from Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, and Toshiba are expected to debut “in the coming months,” according to TechRadar. The delay for machines from Dell and HP is thought to be due to the wait for Intel’s Cider Trail processors.
Pricing for the upcoming notebooks is also a mystery at this time, but Intel is hoping they’ll cost less than $1,000. In my opinion, they’ll have to be significantly cheaper than the $1,200 MacBook Air if they hope to become any kind of competition.
What do you think about Windows Ultrabooks? How cheap will they need to be to convince you that they’re a better option that Apple’s offering?