Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Toshiba have all introduced ultrabooks, or thin and light laptops with Intel’s latest processors, solid state disk, and other premium features. But Intel CEO Paul Otellini says that’s just the beginning — that eventually “all the major brands” will offer ultrabooks. That includes Dell and HP, which have yet to introduce any ultrabook models.
HP currently offers the low cost, ultraportable Pavilion DM1 laptop featuring an AMD E-350 processor. But that notebook is thicker, heavier, and slower than what Intel calls an ultrabook.
Dell doesn’t currently offer any ultraportable notebooks with 11 to 13 inch screens.
We’ve also heard that OEMs including Pegatron, Inventec, and Foxconn are working on ultrabooks. Since these are the companies that often actually build notebooks and other devices for big-name Western companies, it’s a good sign that there’s a lot of interest in the ultrabook space right now — at least among technology producers.
It’s too early to say whether consumers will be interested in buying ultraportable notebooks that cost 3 times as much as a typical netbook. Sure, ultrabooks are more powerful, have larger screens and keyboards, and other premium features that you won’t find in a $300 laptop. But I still get the feeling that many customers are more concerned with price than features.