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Sep 12, 2012

Here Is Pre-Haswell Ultrabooks Are Look Like

We’ve only just talked about Haswell-based ultrabooks, but those products won't actually be up for sale any time soon, not before the year is out at any rate, which means Intel has to fill the time gap with Ivy Bridge-based designs.

That doesn't mean the corporation doesn't have anything new to offer though, even if the general blueprint stays the same. The folks at Mobile Geeks have provided us with the specification sheet of the new ultraportable mobile personal computers. There were several prototypes there, but the one they paid most attention to was particularly packed with features that most ultrabooks lack. The touchscreen wasn't all that shocking, even though it is, still, considered rare and unusual on a clamshell system. The real surprise was the NFC capability (Near Field Communication), being something more common to smartphones and tablets, just like GPS, UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), ambient light sensors and movement sensors.

Being a prototype, the ultrabook was neither named nor priced, but we are hoping the amount of money needed to buy one won't be much higher than the “sweet spot” of $699 / 699 Euro, which ultrabooks still haven't achieved. That said, the 13.3-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) uses a native resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, one step below the Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) of Haswell ultrabooks. Everything else is normal, insofar as a Core i7-based mobile PC can be called such: 4 GB of RAM (random access memory), a 180 GB Intel SSD, all the USB and video ports one could possibly need, Gigabit Ethernet and, of course, the Windows 8 operating system.

When the product starts selling, there should be other CPU options, since Core i7 high-end chips are a bit too expensive for most people, and the whole point of ultrabooks was to offer good performance in a thin package and at a reasonable price.

Intel ultrabook prototype
Images credits to Mobile Geeks


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