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Intel Focusing on Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabooks in 2012

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Intel will focus on touch-based ultrabooks running Windows 8 for the next 12 months, CEO Paul Otellini claims.

On Tuesday during the Intel Capital Global Summit in Huntington Beach, Calif., CEO Paul Otellini said that the company will focus on touch-based ultrabooks running Windows 8 during the next 12 months. But he also acknowledged that the company and its partners will need to get the cost of touch technology under control before any kind of product hits the market.

"To hit the volume price points, we need to span $699 and up, and that's the goal for next year," he said. "To do that, we have to get touch to a lower cost. This is particularly important, as we move to the launch of Windows 8. The iPad and the iPhone have made touch a paradigm."

As reported earlier, products based on Windows 8 will likely not hit the market until August of next year. According to a "leaked" Windows roadmap, Windows 8 is scheduled to go into beta during CES 2012 in January, followed by a Release Candidate build in April. After that, the upcoming OS is expected to see an RTM release in June followed by the final retail version in August.

Otellini told the audience that Microsoft's Windows 8 will officially usher in touch-based versions of its ultrabook form factor next year. "Starting with Windows 8, you have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch," he said. "Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they're going to want to touch it. If the screen does nothing, you have disappointed [the] consumer."

But as previously mentioned, in order for Intel and its ultrabook partners to have an excited consumer at $699 and $799 price points, they will have to be able to accelerate the reduction in touch cost. "That's the kind of investment we'll make around the Ultrabook Fund," he added.

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    digiex , November 17, 2011 8:29 AM
    Will Windows 8 ARM tablet will be release at the same time, It would be an exciting battle.
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    nikorr , November 17, 2011 8:53 AM
    Competition from Intel is good for rest of us!
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    AstroTC , November 17, 2011 9:41 AM
    If I wanted a touchscreen i'd buy a tablet -.-
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    thor220 , November 17, 2011 10:12 AM
    Maybe if Intel charged less for their processors, the OEMs could reach the price easier. The more time they waste waiting for AMD to release Trinity, the more trouble they will be in the mobile and ultra mobile markets. Also I am surprised that neither amd or intel have tried an ARM processor for this segment yet.
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    ojas , November 17, 2011 10:20 AM
    i can't imagine a touchscreen laptop not being awkward...
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    kartu , November 17, 2011 10:25 AM
    ojasi can't imagine a touchscreen laptop not being awkward...

    Why? Rotate the screen, and it's a tablet, albeit a bit thick.
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    dontknownotsure , November 17, 2011 10:28 AM
    digiexWill Windows 8 ARM tablet will be release at the same time, It would be an exciting battle.

    cool, win8 ultra book vs win8 tablet vs win8 pc

    looks like win-win-win situation for MS
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2011 10:48 AM
    well if microsoft make integration between all these new microsoft easy/fast, then it would impact the market heavy
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    BSMonitor , November 17, 2011 12:14 PM
    ojasi can't imagine a touchscreen laptop not being awkward...
    Uhh, what about all the people at the airport I see with keyboards attached to their tablets. LMAO
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    DavidC1 , November 17, 2011 12:48 PM
    thor220Maybe if Intel charged less for their processors, the OEMs could reach the price easier. The more time they waste waiting for AMD to release Trinity, the more trouble they will be in the mobile and ultra mobile markets. Also I am surprised that neither amd or intel have tried an ARM processor for this segment yet.


    Knowledge is power, and you are weak.

    Intel sells mobile "performance mainstream" chips for average of $120-130, because manufacturers buy millions rather than thousands and get heavy discounts. Apple ships 3 SKUs on the Macbook Airs yet ship 2-3 million. The 6 or so major PC manufacturers are probably playing so conservative with Ultrabook versions of their own, that they are paying near full list price.

    No wonder there were rumors PC manufacturers having hard time pricing against the Macbook Air.
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    ojas , November 17, 2011 1:14 PM
    BSMonitorUhh, what about all the people at the airport I see with keyboards attached to their tablets. LMAO

    Aren't they using it in "laptop mode" though? I mean if you can remove the screen, sure, but then it's not an ultrabook...point was, touchscreen + normal laptop= what's the point?
    Maybe finger drawing or something. idk, will have to see when it arrives.
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    willwayne , November 17, 2011 1:31 PM
    dontknownotsurecool, win8 ultra book vs win8 tablet vs win8 pc looks like win8-win8-win8 situation for MS


    fify
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    mcd023 , November 17, 2011 2:04 PM
    so are these going to have swivel monitors so you can use it as a tablet?
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    ragenalien , November 17, 2011 2:21 PM
    Not too interested in a touch version of windows 8. I'm more excited to see a gesture based one, maybe something that uses a much smaller version of the kinect. Touch is great, but not in a laptop.
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    Parsian , November 17, 2011 3:08 PM
    i so wished they also tried to make wacom screen cheaper
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    eddieroolz , November 17, 2011 5:52 PM
    An ultrabook with touchscreen control can be a viable alternative to the Macbook Air. I know a person with a touchscreen Thinkpad and it seems very useful to have two forms of input complement each other.
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    alidan , November 18, 2011 12:17 AM
    Parsiani so wished they also tried to make wacom screen cheaper


    wacom holds the pattents, they chose the price. if there was any real alternative, i would have one.
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 9:13 PM
    Piano Players...there are Millions of us Pianists out here and we need to "scan" thousands of sheet music charts to the TABLET...but we need a 13" or 14" to copy all the old CLASSICS and older POP sheet music!....get busy Manufacturers....haven't seen this mentioned anywhere....coupled with an AIR TURN...we can hit the unscene 'pedal' and FLIP the pages on the tablet....get busy mfrs......dSavoy