Intel Having Problems Getting Those Ultrabooks Under $1000

At Computex 2011, Intel unveiled a new form factor of notebook it calls the Ultrabook. Essentially, it's an extremely thin and light notebook that's powered by Sandy Bridge-class processors – not unlike the new MacBook Airs from Apple.

While Acer and Asus have signed on to make Ultrabooks, they may not be able to hit that magical under-$1000 mark that Intel wants – despite having the platform already being subsidized by Intel.

Notebook Italia reports that Acer will launch its Ultrabook in Q4 2011, but it will arrive with a price of four digits. Another source told Slashgear that Asus UX31 and UX21 Ultrabooks will be over $1000 as well, unless a sacrifice is made to drop the CPU down to a Core i3. Models with Core i5 and i7, paired with SSDs, will range between $1000 to $2000.

It seems that the MacBook Air line isn't carrying as much of an "Apple tax" this time around.

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  • tmk221
    it carry intel tax due to no competition from AMD

    am I the only one who starts to lose hope about bulldozer?
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  • Thunderfox
    Or they could just make it 10% thicker and probably half the price...
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  • jacobdrj
    There are people who work, and travel, but have a hard enough time lugging around their own luggage, and LOVE the idea of carrying '1kg less weight...'

    There is a market for this, even if some of the more vocal Tom's Hardware posters are hardcore performance buffs, and therefore don't understand this...

    I love my desktop. I pimp it out with the latest and greatest, no matter how much copper I have to strap on to my silicon to keep it cool... But I want battery life and portability (small weight/size) when I am on the road... Every ounce of spared weight counts...
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  • tmk221
    it carry intel tax due to no competition from AMD

    am I the only one who starts to lose hope about bulldozer?
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  • Anonymous
    well well, now that there's competition on the horizon, looks like Jobs is letting the ole Apple premium drop a little
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  • nebun
    ha ha ha.....get used to it....quality and form factor is going to cost...most companies don't know this...and the same goes for a majority of the people out there
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