Remember how Intel was hoping that ultrabooks would account for 40 percent of notebooks by the end of 2012? That didn’t happen. But some people certainly seem to be spending their money on ultraportable PCs.

ABI Research estimates that about 22.5 million notebooks shipped in 2013 were ultraportables. That’s about 12.3 percent of all notebooks sold, and about twice as many the year before.

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Note all of those notebooks would qualify for Intel’s definition of an “ultrabook.” Apple’s MacBook Air is included in the list, and I suspect that some portables with AMD chips might also  be included.

ABI says the average ultraportable sold for between $940 and $1540, suggesting that PC makers are pushing portability as a premium feature again.

That doesn’t mean you can’t find low-cost, light-weight PCs with long-lasting batteries. While netbooks may be a thing of the past, Windows tablets and 2-in-1 hybrids such as the Asus Transformer Book T100 and Dell Venue 11 Pro are often available for $500 and less — although I suspect ABI may be grouping tablets into a different category.

via Slashgear

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8 replies on “About 12 percent of notebooks in 2013 were ultraportable (ABI research)”

  1. My 11.6 inch Samsung Google Chromebook is Ultraportable with
    NO WinTel Inside!

  2. I’m hoping to either get an ultraportable (10″ screen, fairly thin bezels, Bay Trail T/M, 4+ GB RAM, extended removeable battery and not an “ultrabook”) or a UMPC (5″-7″ screen, Bay Trail T, OQO slider or Viliv X70 with bezel mouse form factor) sometime this year.

    1. been looking for one of those for a while too – upgrading from my 9″ fujitsu. Ended up settling on a venue 11+ keyboard – still waiting on shipping.

    2. I hear that, I have an 11.6″ netbooky thing with an ivybridge quad, and a 7″ tablet but for some reason I’d like something inbetween. I was eyeing up a Sony Vaio P series little 8″ thingie, but no-one makes anything like that any more, even a 7 or 8″ slider would fill the role nicely.

      1. I have a Vaio P from 2009 running Windows 7. It’s too painfully slow nowadays. I guess over time, my tolerance for slowness has gone down since the device itself didn’t actually get slower. I wish I could install Xubuntu on it but the PowerVR based GMA 500 drivers are still bad. At least there still some people working on it as of last week: https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/dri-devel/2014-January/052301.html

        I’m hoping to see the comeback of netbooks and UMPCs (or whatever new fancy name they’re marketed as). For a 10″ notebook, it’d be nice if it could have a Bay Trail M, 2 SO-DIMM slots, removeable battery and be fanless. If it can’t be fanless then I don’t mind going with Bay Trail T Z3770 and 4 GB of RAM in a dual channel configuration. I don’t mind not having a touch screen be “thick” compared to ultrabooks.

    3. I would prefer instead an ARM plateform with big.LITTLE 8 core 32 or 64 bits for good balance of autonomy and power and mali GPU for opensource support. No more x86 in netbook, that’s too heavy, too thick, and don’t give any advantage, but perhaps for windows users, because windows doesn’t work at all on ARM.

      1. Pass. I want to run Linux by just downloading the official distro ISO. ARM’s a mess when it comes to drivers.

      2. There’s not really an advantage anymore for ARM… Modern ATOM is competitive in size, thickness, and power efficiency…

        While ARM SoCs are already facing throttling performance issues because of the demand on providing performance is getting harder to provide… You’re not getting the max clock speeds possible with devices like the Nexus 5 because even ARM has to scale power usage too high for mobile devices to start to have to worry about over heating and draining the battery too fast…

        The move to 64bit will help but overall ARM is relying on being more flexible for less powerful devices, being the industry standard means many will be slow to replace them, and they can still be cheaper as long as they maintain market dominance and can sell in larger quantities…

        While for obvious advantages, you’re more likely to be able to run anything you want on a x86 device than ARM, as Jeff pointed out!

        Like it or not the majority of the ARM market has to deal with hardware fragmentation and Imagination still has well over 85% of the market IP for all GPUs being used in the ARM market!

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