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$699 Ultrabooks to be Available in Starting 2013

By - Source: Digitimes | B 23 comments

Yes, those $700 Ultrabooks are coming, but not until next year.

We have been hearing about $700 Ultrabooks for quite some time and it appears that PC vendors are now aiming for this price point in a much more determined way. Digitimes quotes supply chain makers in Taiwan claiming that there will be many $699 Ultrabooks available next year.

Not surprisingly, these will be not the kind of systems you are going to brag about. For $700, you can expect "fiberglass-reinforced plastic or metal-plastic hybrid chassis, slim HDDs or HDD/SSD hybrid drives, conventional batteries and non-touch screens," the publication wrote. The purpose of these computers is simply to generate sales volume and help the category get off the ground.

If you want the aluminum unibody or carbon-fiber chassis, SSDs, Li-polymer batteries and Windows 8 touch screens, you will still have to shell out at least $1,000 next year. Research coming out of Taiwan estimates global Ultrabook sales to end up at about 16.7 million units this year, and 31.6 million units in 2013. A recent study published by IHS slashed a previous Ultrabook unit forecast from 22 to just 10.3 million units for this year. IHS forecasts 44 million Ultrabooks to be sold next year.

 

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    A Bad Day , October 3, 2012 11:46 PM
    Seems that AMD is losing a publicity battle with their Ultrathin. What little of my friends that know about Ultrabook don't know anything about AMD's counter.
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    A Bad Day , October 3, 2012 11:46 PM
    Seems that AMD is losing a publicity battle with their Ultrathin. What little of my friends that know about Ultrabook don't know anything about AMD's counter.
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    joytech22 , October 4, 2012 12:03 AM
    I'll certainly be getting one of the touch screen models which won't be anywhere near $700.
    PSST.. Heads up.. we already have $700 models from Acer.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 12:31 AM
    There will be plenty of decent ultrabooks for $700 next year. Intel will release Haswell in early Q2 and price of IvyBridge ultrabooks will drop significantly. They won't have the battery life of the Haswell versions, but they will still be significant portables for $700. Like everything, you just have to wait a little longer. By the time Intel comes out with Broadwell, ultrabook will be the standard as there will be so much thermal headrom in those portables that there will be no need for 35W chips anymore.
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    echondo , October 4, 2012 12:34 AM
    A Bad DaySeems that AMD is losing a publicity battle with their Ultrathin. What little of my friends that know about Ultrabook don't know anything about AMD's counter.


    WHAT!? AMD has their own "Ultrabook" type laptops?!?! Thank you for the heads up!

    I just want a laptop with 1920x1080 display and integrated GPU that is a quad core with 8GB of RAM. I don't care about a hard drive, I'm just going to slap in a Samsung 830/840 anyway! I'm not going to game, just want a laptop that can do the basics like Libre Office and web browsing!

    Is it to much to ask for and for it to be less than or ~$600?
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    Azn Cracker , October 4, 2012 12:44 AM
    Lol I just bought an Sony Vaio T ultrabook for $580 after rebate last month
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    esrever , October 4, 2012 2:06 AM
    They keep saying it will be cheaper later. I doubt they will hit that price point with any kind of quality since they charge so much for the CPUs.
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    tomfreak , October 4, 2012 3:01 AM
    too expensive for me, $400 is the more reasonable price.
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    DjEaZy , October 4, 2012 3:52 AM
    ... no good GPU? No OpenCL? No, thx!
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    greghome , October 4, 2012 4:06 AM
    meh......Lenovo's S400 Ultrabooks are already available at that pricepoint in my area.......
    Bigger meh.......Why get an Ultrabook when the only advantage is that it's 1kg at most lighter
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    InvalidError , October 4, 2012 5:11 AM
    $200 tablets have touch-screens, LiPo battery with 8-10h runtime, screen resolution on par with $600 laptops, etc. Not missing a lot other than keyboard, HDD, kludgy x86-64 architecture and Windows to turn those into laptops equivalents. From an engineering point of view, I see very little that can justify paying more than $500 (or even $400) other than expected sales volume being too low to amortize design costs down that low.
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    neoverdugo , October 4, 2012 5:16 AM
    When intel decides to drop the price of its CPUs and SSDs that's where the ultrabooks WILL be a huge success. Until then, it's an overrated gimmick (like macbooks).
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    silverblue , October 4, 2012 6:15 AM
    InvalidError

    Well, I suppose that depends on what you're going to be doing with them. Considering some of the hardware in the more expensive models, it's not to simply do what your everyday tablet performs, though there is always going to be somebody who buys it because it's shiny regardless of its specs.

    Personally, I'd use one for gaming plus some development work. Somebody I used to work with wanted to get a MacBook Pro for development; this will just be a more powerful option for the price.
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    technoholic , October 4, 2012 8:18 AM
    Really, someone mentioned earlier, Where the hell is AMD now? Where are the ads introducing ultrabooks with trinity? Where are the news/previews? Every preview/news iread about a new ultrabook mentions ivy bridge... In my opinion, AMD can be more competitive in ultrabook market than they are in desktop. Trinity is a nice design and a perfect fit for an ultrabook but they are late and slow as always....
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    Menigmand , October 4, 2012 12:23 PM
    So now they are watering out their brand before it even got started?

    "Hey mate, I just bought an ULTRABOOK!"

    "What's that?"

    "It's a laptop that's a little bit thinner than other laptops and costs twice as much"

    "Oh, so you bought a laptop, why didn't you just say so?"
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    Tmanishere , October 4, 2012 12:47 PM
    greghomemeh......Lenovo's S400 Ultrabooks are already available at that pricepoint in my area.......Bigger meh.......Why get an Ultrabook when the only advantage is that it's 1kg at most lighter


    Where did you get that? It doesn't seem like it's available off Lenovo website yet. I'm looking to replace s205 soon.
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    ojas , October 4, 2012 1:02 PM
    A Bad DaySeems that AMD is losing a publicity battle with their Ultrathin. What little of my friends that know about Ultrabook don't know anything about AMD's counter.

    Sleekbooks*. That kind of proves your point though, lol.

    Quote:
    "fiberglass-reinforced plastic or metal-plastic hybrid chassis, slim HDDs or HDD/SSD hybrid drives, conventional batteries and non-touch screens,"

    Basically what we always got at that price point...
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    yobobjm , October 4, 2012 1:47 PM
    The problem is an ultrabook doesn't feel that great unless you have a full on ssd, and selling $700 ultrabooks with hybrid drives at the most won't help. The fact is, for ultrabooks to truly succeed you need to make an i5 and ssd ultrabook around the $600-$800 market.
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    lpedraja2002 , October 4, 2012 2:10 PM
    Trinity based Ultra("Thin")book please! Since there's not much room for a gpu I'll take the best APU available. Oh and in 720p of course, I want better game performance without having to worry about scaling when gaming on lower res.
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    Wisecracker , October 4, 2012 4:00 PM

    Trinity APU ultra-thins at $500-$600 are going to spank 'book' butt ...

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    Anonymous , October 4, 2012 4:03 PM
    If the ultrabook has 1 or 2 thunderbolt ports on it, then I am in the market for one, but no thunderbolt, NO SALE! There is some very nice expansion hardware on the way, but they require a thunderbolt capable laptop/ultrabook. I would be very happy to own an ultrabook that forgoes a SSD for a regular hard drive, just give me one or two thunderbolt ports on it! I really could live with a not so thin and light laptop, and I would be glad to pay $900-$1000 for a laptop, if I could order one with 2 thunderolt ports!
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