Laptops with 13 inch displays can be no thicker than ~.71 inch. Laptops with larger displays can be no thicker than ~.82 inch.
Wi-Fi Connectivity must be standard.
Intel’s new Rapid Start technology must be in place. This new technology uses flash memory embedded in an Intel chipset to improve boot times.
Battery life must be at least five hours. By 2013 this specification will be raised to 10 hours.
Prices must be near $999 or less. This last one is more of a goal than a strict requirement though.
The appeal for the Ultrabook will be that you can have a highly portable device for business and personal travel/mobility without having to sacrifice power. Netbooks are nice but you just can’t run some of the higher end programs on them without really dealing with serious lag. Tablets are great mobile devices but for productivity a keyboard and more horsepower really is necessary.
According to Intel they expect more than 40 percent of the laptop market by 2012 to be Ultrabooks. This claim is undoubtedly over-optimistic. At the same time, however the market researching firm, HIS-iSuppli, predicts that 40 percent share could certainly be achieved at the current growth rate by around 2015.
It’s very likely that Windows 8 will play a heavy role in how well Ultrabooks are adopted. With ultrabook touch models on the horizon, Windows 8 is set to take advantage of the extra horse-power and Metro is set to optimize the touch experience. The market trend is seeing netbooks losing share, mainly sticking around for productivity purposes.
Unfortunately, the netbook provides a subpar productivity experience. For extreme mobile experiences and consumption we have tablets. The market is changing and it’s less likely that netbooks have a place in the technological world of the future.
The largest hindrance for Ultrabook adoption is the price tag. By 2013 or later, will this be a problem? As rapidly as technology changes it will be likely that soon Ultrabooks will only be around $600-$800 and the gap in price between them and tablet/netbooks will be much closer.
Companies like AMD say that the Ultrabook will have a hard time competing with the Macbook Air but only time will tell.
What do you think? Does the Ultrabook have a bright future ahead of it? Will tablets and Ultra-Thins end up being the death knell to the netbook? Share your thoughts below!]]>