Intel gears up for launch of new convertible ultrabook
INTEL will introduce a new type of ultrabook which can be flip between extra-slim laptop format and a tablet.
The ‘ultrabook’ format aims to capitalise on the success of Apple’s MacBook Air, and the term itself has been trademarked by Intel for its slim but powerful laptops that run Windows.
The new devices have features that enable them to swivel, fold and detach some of the parts.
The three different models of the Ultrabook are the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga, the Dell XPS Duo 12 and the Toshiba Satellite U925T/U920T.
The Lenovo model is said to have eight hours' battery life and offers 8GB memory. It can flip 360 degrees so it is usable as a notebook or tablet.
The Toshiba device is designed specifically to sync to televisions and access on-demand online content.
Market research firm IHS iSuppli has claimed that ultrabooks will make up 43pc of global PC shipments in 2015, up from 13pc in 2012.
Intel itself has predicted 40pc, caused by a fall in American prices.
The pricing of the new ultrabook has not yet been announced but the Asus Zenbook, an ultrabook model released last year, began selling for €1,050.
By Alice Philipson Telegraph.co.uk