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Online retailers start revealing Ultrabooks

Ultrabooks are all geared up for stepping into the market

The much awaited Intel’s Ultrabooks are all geared up to hit the market next month. Some of the retailers have already revealed the prices set for these devices. For those who have not heard about these devices, the Ultrabooks are the next generation laptops from Intel. These devices are ultra-thin; light weighted and even powerful as any other laptop.

Some of the online retailers also started accepting pre-orders for the Ultrabooks. Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Toshiba are among the first to release these devices. Though Intel announced earlier that these ultrabooks will be priced below $1000, but according to the manufacturers the cost of building was very high and so the only some of the basic models seems to have been priced less than $1000.

Among them, Acer Aspire S3 3951 will start at a price of $899.99. This same model was previously rumored to be priced around $1000. This model has an i5-2467 chip and no more details on specifications about this device are reported.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, are already up for Pre-orders at Pro Vantage and dynamism. Pro Vantage are offering three models of the same and the lowest priced model, which includes a Core i5-2467 CPU and a 128GB SSD, is $1177.45. While it’s other models and variants are priced around $1600.

Other manufacturers like Asus and Toshiba are still to announce the price for their models, the Asus UX21 and UX31, and the Toshiba Portege Z380 respectively. The Asus UX models have already started shipping in the European market and are priced at €799 ($1083) for the 11.6inch model with 64GB SSD, while the 13.3inch model is €999 ($1354). Toshiba has even mentioned that their first model will be below $1000.

Almost all of these models can be expected in the market by next month, though there has not been any announcement made regarding their release.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-10- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)