Intel: Haswell-based Ultrabooks starting at $599 by holiday season

By Jos
Mar 26, 2013
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  1. We’ve been hearing about cheaper ultrabooks ever since Intel begun pushing the category almost two years ago. The first wave of devices mostly failed to adhere to the proposed $1,000 price point, and while things have improved ever since, we’ve...

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  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,455   +606

    I don't see sales getting any better.
    With the power you get in a iPad or simple Kindle Fire now, the laptop would need to more then make up for its price. Haswell at the heart, SSD, backlit keyboard, above average speakers (I love the 2.1 JBL's and subwoofer in my XPS) nothing less then 900p, plethora of plugins, excellent battery life, sexy design, etc etc etc.
    Just my .02.
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Maniac Posts: 481   +159

    Yep, I also love the 2.1 JBL's of my XPS 15; I'm the one in charge of the playlist when working at college on projects. I don't have SSD on mine but is fine anyway to me.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    The only way UltraBooks will succeed is if they make the minimum requirements: At least 8 hours of battery and an SSD. This is the only way they can compete with Apple. No one wants to spend $1500 on a PC that is "weaker" than a MBP.
  5. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 563   +173

    For $1500 I would get a workstation class laptop. For $1000 I would get an Asus n56vz or Dell XPS which are multimedia/light gaming laptops. For under $1000, I would buy a business laptop with a good processor minus the dedicated graphics card. For $600 I might as well just get an iPad for $100 less and has similar processing power.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Not really, an i3 vs an apple A6?
  7. Sorry Sir, if you have a look at wikipedia, it is mentioned in there that minimum battery life for haswell ultrabooks is 9 hours and NOT 5 hour. I heard this from Intel executives that ultrabooks with haswell will have battery for a [working] day or 13 hours, too.

  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    9 hours with windows 8, imagine that number with Windows blue. Maybe that could become a 10 at least.

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