$599 Ultrabooks with all-day battery life by Christmas
Intel Planning $599 Ultrabooks By Holiday Season
By Rob Wright
March 25, 2013 12:25 PM ET
Intel is pushing down the price on its Ultrabook model as the chip maker looks to improve adoption rates for the higher-end, ultraslim notebooks.
At the Intel Solutions Summit (ISS) 2013 last week in Los Angeles, the company promised that new Ultrabooks based on the upcoming fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell, will arrive by the holiday season and come with a starting price of $599.
Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group, told an audience of top Intel partners that new Ultrabooks will not only feature lower price points but also more compelling features. Skaugen said early Ultrabooks were "just a retrofit of what was already in the market," but promised new Haswell-based models will require touch-screen support and offer faster solid-state drives, higher-resolution displays, voice recognition and facial recognition technology, and "all-day" battery life.
"We designed this chip from the ground up for the Ultrabook," Skaugen said. "You'll truly be able to leave your [Ultrabook] battery pack at home."
And while Ultrabooks are getting new features and better performance, the prices are still coming down. Intel originally positioned the ultraslim notebooks as premium mobile computing devices similar to Apple's MacBook Air with an average price point of around a $1,000. In addition, Intel last year unleashed its biggest branding campaign in more than a decade to promote Ultrabooks following the unveiling of several models from Hewlett-Packard , Lenovo, Dell and Samsung at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.