Consumers can expect a much larger choice of Ultrabooks in the near future after Intel revealed that 75 new designs are on the way, most of which feature a screen size of 14-inches.
Last night at the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco, Intel revealed their design pipeline for 2012, detailing 75 new Ultrabook designs for 2012 noting that there are many more ‘on the way’.
Of those designs, a whole 50% are going to be 14-inch and 15-inch varieties, adding real-estate to the current rather common 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch options on the market. Intel’s Mooley Eden is the man who detailed the design pipeline, however the company gave little away in terms of what we can expect from OEM’s, other than have a point on a slide which read ‘multiple hybrid/touch designs’.
Not particularly breathtaking stuff, or particularly devastating news, however this does tell us one thing; there are going to be one heck of a lot of new Ultrabooks coming to market during the fourth quarter and in time for Christmas. We just hope that the key players thus far such as the Asus Zenbook, HP Spectre Series, Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook range and Dell XPS Series get their podium places in retail stores because if 75 is the number to go by, store shelves are going to be awfully crowded shortly.
It will be interesting to see exactly what Ultrabooks are released in the fourth quarter. Hopefully of those 75+ ‘new designs’ all of the touch enabled and hybrid Ultrabooks revealed at this years IFA Berlin are included. If they arent included and this slide does indeed mean there are 75 new designs on top of those, the amount of choice for consumers is going to become a whole lot more confusing in the near future, something which is not good for swaying people away from Apple machines, a tactic which Microsoft will be hoping Windows 8 can pull off with this new hardware.