Ultrabook

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Asus UX21 ultrabook

An Ultrabook is a higher-end type of subnotebook defined by Intel.[1] Intel claims a trademark in the name Ultrabook.[2] Ultrabooks are designed to feature reduced size and weight and long battery life while retaining strong performance. They use low-power Intel CULV processors with integrated graphics, solid-state drives for fast loading times, and unibody chassis to fit larger batteries into smaller cases.[3] Because of their minimal size, the ability to have many ports (USB, HDMI, VGA, ethernet, etc) is limited.

By this marketing initiative and an associated $300 million fund, Intel hopes to influence the slumping PC market against rising competition from tablet computers, which are typically powered by competing ARM-based processors.[4]



Hardware requirements


Three phases of Ultrabooks are planned to align with the release of low voltage Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, and Haswell processor models.

First phase (Q4 2011)


  • Thin – less than 21 mm (0.8 inch) thickness[5]
  • Lightweight – less than 1.4 kg (3.1 pounds)[6]
  • Long battery life – 5 to 8+ hours[7]
  • Mainstream pricing – around $1,000 USD [8]
  • May use flash-based SSDs[9]
  • Use CULV (17 W TDP) Intel Sandy Bridge mobile processors
    • Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz)
    • Core i5-2557M (1.7 GHz)
    • Core i7-2637M (1.7 GHz)
    • Core i7-2677M (1.8 GHz)
  • Use Intel's graphics sub-system HD Graphics 3000

Second phase (Q2 2012)


  • Use CULV Intel Ivy Bridge mobile processors
  • Intel is targeting up to:
    • 30% increase in integrated graphics performance over Sandy Bridge
    • 20% increase in CPU performance over Sandy Bridge
  • USB 3.0, PCI Express 3.0

Larger Screen Sizes


Though not a "requirement" per se, more 14 and 15" screens can be expected later on into 2012. At a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show, an Intel Manager stated that market analysis revealed that screen size motivated some of the reluctance to switch to 13" Ultrabooks. As a result, Intel is planning to ensure, through cooperation with manufacturers, a 14 or 15-inch screen on 50% of the 75 Ultrabooks that will likely come to market in 2012. [10] [11]

Third phase (2013)


  • Use CULV Intel Haswell mobile processors
  • New advanced power saving system – power consumption half of early 2011 chips[12]
  • Use 15 W TDP processor (multi-chip package, like Westmere)[13]

List of models


Because of the novelty of the Ultrabook, many manufacturers been unable to meet all of Intel's requirements in their initial models. These deviations (especially cost overruns) are expected to decline as manufacturing processes for Ultrabooks mature. Sections in bold indicate an area where the model fails to meet Ultrabook requirements.

First phase (Q4 2011, Q1 2012)


Brand - Model1 Price of
Base Model2
Release Date Intel Processor
of Base Model
Base RAM
Capacity
Base Drive
Capacity
Minimum / Maximum
Thickness3
Weight Battery Life Display Size
Resolution
Acer Aspire 3951[14] $900 October 2011 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 4 GB 320 GB HDD + 20 GB SSD4 13.10 mm / 17.50 mm
(0.51 in / 0.69 in)
1.35 kg (2.98 lbs) 36 Wh, ~6 hours 13.1" (1366×768)
Acer Aspire 3951 $1,200 November 2011 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 4 GB 256 GB SSD 13.10 mm / 17.50 mm
(0.51 in / 0.69 in)
1.35 kg (2.98 lbs) 36 Wh, ~6 hours 13.1" (1366×768)
Acer Aspire 3951[15] $1,300 November 2011 Core i7-2637M (1.6 GHz) 4 GB 256 GB SSD 13.10 mm / 17.50 mm
(0.51 in / 0.69 in)
1.35 kg (2.98 lbs) 36 Wh, ~6 hours 13.1" (1366×768)
Asus Zenbook UX21[16] $1,000 October 2011 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 16.76 mm (0.66 in) 1.10 kg (2.43 lbs) 35 Wh, ~5 hours 11.6" (1366×768)
Asus Zenbook UX31[16] $1,100 October 2011 Core i5-2557M (1.7 GHz) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 17.00 mm (0.67 in) 1.30 kg (2.90 lbs) 50 Wh, ~5 hours 13.3" (1600×900) (Glossy)
Dell XPS 13 [17] $1,000 February 2012 Sandy Bridge i5 at first, then later Ivy Bridge. 4 GB 128 GB SSD 6-18mm; 12mm or 0.47in average 1.36 kg (3 lbs) 47 Wh, ~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768)
HP Folio 13[18] $930 December 2011 Core i5-2467M (1.60 GHz) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 18.00 mm (0.7 in) 1.49 kg (3.3 lbs) 59 Wh, ~9 hours 13.3" (1366×768)[19]
HP Spectre (HP Envy 14)[20] [21] $1,400 February 2012 Core i5-2467M (1.60 GHz) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 20.00 mm (0.8 in) 1.8 kg (3.95 lbs) ~9 hours 14" (1600×900)
Lenovo IdeaPad U300S[22] $1,000[23] November 2011 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 14.99 mm (0.59 in) 1.34 kg (2.95 lbs) 30 Wh, ~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768) (Glossy)
Lenovo IdeaPad U300E [24] $800 February 2012 Ivy bridge
500 GB HDD + 32 GB SSD4

~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768)
LG X-Note Z330[25] 1,700,000 ($1475) December 2011 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 4 GB 120 GB SSD 14.7 mm (0.58 in) 1.21 kg (2.67 lbs) ~6 hours 13.3" (1366×768)
Samsung Series 5 13"[26][27][28] $900 January 2012 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 8 GB max 128 GB SSD / 256 GB SSD / 500 GB HDD 14 mm / 17.6 mm (0.55 in / 0.69 in) 1.38 kg (3 lbs) ~6.4 hours 13" (1600×900)
Samsung Series 5 14"[26][27][28] $1,100 January 2012 Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz) 8 GB max 128 GB SSD / 256 GB SSD / 1 TB HDD 20.9 mm (0.82 in) 1.84 kg (4.06 lbs)
14" (1600×900)
Samsung Series 9 13" (2012) [29] [30] $1,400 February 2012 Refresh Core i5-2537M (1.4 GHz) 4 GB (8 GB max) 128 GB SSD 12.7mm (0.5in) 1.1 kg (2.5 lbs) 47 Wh, ~7 hours 13.3" (1600×900) (Matte)
Samsung Series 9 15" (2012) [29][30] $1,500 February 2012 Refresh Core i5-2537M (1.4 GHz) 4 GB (8 GB max) 128 GB SSD 15.74 / 16.25 mm
(.62 in / .64 in)
1.59 kg (3.50 lbs) 47 Wh, ~7 hours 15" (1600×900) (Matte)
Toshiba Portege Z830[31] $900 November 2011 Core i3-2367M (1.4 GHz) (i5, i7 models exist) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 16.00 mm (0.63 in) 1.11 kg (2.45 lbs) 47 Wh, ~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768) (Matte & Glossy models)
Toshiba Portege Z835-P330[32] $800 November 2011 Core i3-2367M (1.4 GHz) 4 GB 128 GB SSD 16.00 mm (0.63 in) 1.11 kg (2.45 lbs) 47 Wh, ~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768)

Second phase (expected release Q2 or later 2012)


Brand - Model1 Price of
Base Model2
Release Date Intel Processor
of Base Model
Base RAM
Capacity
Base Drive
Capacity
Minimum / Maximum
Thickness3
Weight Battery Life Display Size
Resolution
Acer Aspire "S5" [33] [34] No Data Q2 2012 Ivy Bridge 8GB SSD 14.9mm (0.59 in) 1.35 kg (2.97 lbs) ~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768)
Lenovo Thinkpad T430u[35] $850 Q3 2012 No Data 4 GB 128 GB SSD or 1TB HDD 20.3mm (0.8 in) 1.77 kg (3.9 lbs) ~6 hours 14" (1366×768) (Glossy)
Lenovo IdeaPad "Yoga" [36] $1,200 Q3 2012 Ivy Bridge No data on base model 256 GB SSD 17mm (0.67 in) 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs) ~8 hours 13.3" (1600×900) (folds into tablet)
Lenovo IdeaPad U310 [37] [38] $700 May 2012 No data 4 GB 64 GB SSD or 500 GB HDD 18mm (0.71 in) 1.7 kg (3.75 lbs) ~8 hours 13.3" (1366×768)
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 [37] [38] No Data May 2012 No Data 4 GB 64 GB SSD or 500 GB HDD 21mm (0.83 in) 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs) ~8 hours 14" (1366×768)

Notes:
1 Only base laptops are shown here.
2 Pricing announced (in USD and on the US market, unless specified) by manufacturer or at time of product release.
3 Some Ultrabooks have a uniform Thickness.
4 These models include two drives. The SDD is pre-configured to store only hibernation data (for faster S4 resume).
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