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Apr 12, 2012

Tongfa and Haier Reveal Ultrabooks at IDF 2012

Intel's IDF 2012 show in Beijing, China, is underway, which means that, in addition to triple-display demonstrations of Ivy Bridge graphics capabilities, actual products based on the chips are being put through their paces as well. 

IDF 2012 is an Intel event, which means that, naturally, it is going to be chock-full of examples depicting the company's latest pet project. 

As people may or may not know, the current such “pet project” is called “Ultrabook.” 

Two companies that have such laptops on display are Haier and Tongfa. 

Both of them are based in China and, most likely, aren't going to send their machines outside of the country. 

Still, an ultrabook is an ultrabook, so we're going to write about them anyway. 

Tongfa's product measures 14 inches in diagonal and uses a Sandy Bridge Core i3 CPU instead of an Ivy Bridge. 

VGA and HDMI outputs exist, along with an SD card slot, Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and a rippled design on the lid. 

Alas, the other specifications are unknown, just like the company itself really. 

The other ultrabook, from Haier, has the same screen size and relies on the Intel Core i3-2367M CPU, whose clock speed is 1.4 GHz. 

The memory and storage details weren't shared, but it looks like HDMI, VGA, three USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader exist here too. What's more, a mini DisplayPort is part of the feature set as well. 

As for the rest, the trackpad stands out somewhat, thanks to the smooth glass it is made of, although it isn't the most responsive in the world, even if the feel of the material is nice when clicking. 

Intel has promised that, by the end of this year, there will be 75 Ultrabook models in circulation around the world. By the end of the third quarter, the average price should be $700 / 533 Euro.


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