01 Notebook vendors to intro cheaper Ultrabook alternatives

A report from Digitimes suggests the still quite exxy Ultrabook market is about to see some stiff competition that will attract folks who don't mind a small trade-off in some areas to retain Ultrabook slenderness while pocketing a good chunk of change.

A report from Digitimes suggests the still quite exxy Ultrabook market is about to see some stiff competition that will attract folks who don't mind a small trade-off in some areas to retain Ultrabook slenderness while pocketing a good chunk of change.

Where all "Ultrabooks" are confined to a specification governed by Intel that comprises more exxy attributes like metal unibody chassis', hollow hinges and SSDs, Taiwan-based notebook vendors are looking to launch "Ultrabook-like" notebooks which will retain the same compact, slim dimensions but cut corners / costs where a lot of consumers aren't so fussed.

01(1) Notebook vendors to intro cheaper Ultrabook alternatives

Doing away with the metal unibody chassis' will already drop prices by a decent amount and 7mm-thick HDDs are now available for vendors to pack in as viable cost-effective alternatives. Not only this, but it was made widely known just recently that Intel is delaying its mobile range of Ivy Bridge processors until June and the current Sandy Bridge Ultrabooks are still way too exxy.

So while these Ultrabook alternatives may not conform to Intel's Ultrabook requirements, you could soon be walking away with a slim ultrabook-sized lappy for around US $600.

Digitimes' report says that vendors are looking to roll out their initial line of cheaper Ultrabook-like models during the second quarter.