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Intel's Letexo Will Probably Cost Around $1,000

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Intel's "Letexo" Ultrabook hybrid will probably cost around $1000 when it hits the market.

Shortly after Intel wrapped up IDF 2012 in Beijing, Gary Richman, Director of Marketing for Intel’s PC Client Solutions Division, spoke with Wired about that cool tablet/Ultrabook prototype codenamed "Letexo" Intel displayed during the show. He said that it would probably cost Intel's maximum Ultrabook retail limit -- around $1,000 -- when it eventually hits store shelves.

As Wired points out, Letexo is a codename for Cove Point. The device seen at the Intel show was sporting Windows 8 Customer Preview and packed with an early sample of Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge CPU. Other hardware specs included a 12.5-inch touch screen, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. Also seen was a Windows icon located at the bottom of the screen which may bring users back to the main Windows 8 screen when the device is in tablet mode.

"When we started talking about Ultrabooks last year, we talked about different form factors, and touch and convertibles,” Gary Richman, Director of Marketing for Intel’s PC Client Solutions Division, told Wired. “This has been an evolution over time. Ultrabooks were never meant to be just clamshell designs."

The design is definitely hot, and could be what consumers are looking for when considering the purchase of a new laptop, a new tablet or both. Why not have the best of both worlds? As an Ultrabook, Cove Point (Letexo) is super-slim and super-light with a little Star Trek aesthetics thrown into the chassis itself. The screen slides forward and sits nice and flush on top of the keyboard, creating a solid, streamlined tablet experience. The screen also slides forward, blocking access to the keyboard and creating an all-in-one PC experience, thus making Microsoft happy by supporting the screen with a sturdy prop.

"Where we see the future of computing going, with tablets and Windows 8, is the importance of the touch experience," Richman said. "[With Cove Point] we were looking to define the compelling form factors, usages and benefits of having a notebook design, while taking advantage of the touch experience in Windows 8."

As reported last week, so far there's no indication that manufacturers have signed on to produce devices based on the prototype. Richman said he and his team have been working on the Cove Point project since last year, but we surmise that Microsoft has had something to do with the design as well based on reports stemming out of Taiwan. According to sources, Microsoft doesn't want a moving screen when users touch the Windows 8 Metro UI, and has been working with manufacturers to fix the problem.

With the price of Ultrabooks coming down this year and even more next year, we're wondering if the 1st-generation Ultrabook design will be discarded for this new Cove Point model. After all, if offers three form factors in one and seemingly merges the tablet and notebook sectors. If Intel manages to get the price down to high-end tablet levels, Apple may finally have a true competitor. Unfortunately, the initial price may be steep for some, but that should drop significantly next year.

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    noblerabbit , April 18, 2012 1:24 PM
    ^ lol, try some exercise other than typing and texting 24/7, you may be surprised that you can occasionally lift a 4 lb object from time to time.
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    rantoc , April 18, 2012 1:11 PM
    Latex'ooooh!
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  • 11 Hide
    rantoc , April 18, 2012 1:11 PM
    Latex'ooooh!
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    vaughn2k , April 18, 2012 1:22 PM
    Let's wait for the review, shall we?
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    noblerabbit , April 18, 2012 1:24 PM
    ^ lol, try some exercise other than typing and texting 24/7, you may be surprised that you can occasionally lift a 4 lb object from time to time.
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    back_by_demand , April 18, 2012 1:29 PM
    Want one
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    WyomingKnott , April 18, 2012 1:32 PM
    rantocLatex'ooooh!

    ???
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    monsta , April 18, 2012 1:36 PM
    Looks hot!
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    molo9000 , April 18, 2012 2:04 PM
    Might be the best compromise between a laptop and a tablet yet, IF they get the battery life high enough.

    The 5hours minimum Intel specced for Ultrabooks is unacceptable.
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    extremepcs , April 18, 2012 2:14 PM
    Didn't they try this already with tablet PC's?
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    sporkimus , April 18, 2012 2:43 PM
    I love the look of it!
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    Agges , April 18, 2012 3:16 PM
    *Ordering a Asus Transformer put on hold*
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    hannibal , April 18, 2012 4:13 PM
    This is bigger and eats more power than Transformer, but it is allso more powerfull... Very different kind of beast...
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    threefish , April 18, 2012 4:38 PM
    tical2399Easy to make fuckin smart ass comments from behind a a computer screen aint it? I'm not overly concerned because I can see you're the smart alec type when nobody is in position to make you repeat yourself face to face. Considering you're ALSO typing on this site perhaps you should also cut out the constant typing and texting.


    Time to switch to decaf.
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    Anonymous , April 18, 2012 4:49 PM
    No thunderbolt port no sale! and it better be the Full 2 channel/4 lane thunderbolt controller under the hood, and not that single channel/2 lane controller that is in the macbook air!
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    markdj , April 18, 2012 5:40 PM
    would love to replace my transformer with this, as long as the specs are good enough with good battery life
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    Anonymous , April 18, 2012 6:50 PM
    This thing sounds awesome except for the lack of thunderbolt connection. Personally don't mind the price either because it is NOT a tablet. A tablet is a simple device that does absolutely nothing outside of menial tasks for people who don't use computers for anything important. The fact that it can also be a complete laptop is what makes this a great platform. It has a full featured ulta low voltage processor and excellent graphics due to IvyBridge. An engineer and scientist can use this. They can also use this for dictation, in the field, for presentations, and for simple data entry due to its tablet interface. When they have to do work, turn it back into a laptop and due actual work. The Ultra Low voltage processor and graphics means you can probably still use it all day, but probably have to immediately plug it in afterward unlike a tablet. Still, this is a HUGE upgrade over a tablet. Definitely worth the money but doubt it ever comes down to tablet price.
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    dalauder , April 19, 2012 3:34 AM
    It's weird that Intel is responsible for Thunderbolt, but none of its new chipsets really use it. If they wanted to make Thunderbolt a standard like HDMI or USB 3.0, all they'd have to do is put it on the chipset too.
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    DjEaZy , April 19, 2012 8:04 AM
    Intel's Letexo Will Probably Cost Around $1,000? SKIP!!!