Category: Ultrabooks

AMD‘s Ultrathin Set to Undercut Intel Ultrabooks by $200

By Daniel Ionescu

AMD is preparing chipsets for thin laptops that would cost up to $200 less than an Intel-powered Ultrabook, according to a Digitimes report. AMD hopes to take down Intel’s Ultrabooks on price, and is set to launch in June its platform for thin and light laptops, codenamed Ultrathin, which the company hinted at during the CES.AMD’s Ultrathin Set to Undercut Intel Ultrabooks by $200

The current generation of Intel Ultrabooks cost upward of $900, with some models, such as the HP Envy 14, retailing at $1,400. Intel expects some 70 new Ultrabooks models this year and is hoping that its next-generation Ivy Bridge platform, arriving in April, will drive down the cost of Ultrabooks between $700 and $900, bringing the thin and light laptops into the mainstream.

AMD’s ultrathin laptops (Intel trademarked the term Ultrabooks) will use the company’s Trinity chips, which will come in dual- and quad-core options. AMD’s chips tend to be priced lower than Intel’s, and ultrathin laptops seem to be no exception. The starting price for Trinity laptops would be around $500, up to $200 less expensive than the expected average price of an Intel Ultrabook.

When it comes to performance, AMD says its Trinity chips draw around 17 watts of power, roughly the same as upcoming Ultrabook chips based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Trinity chips are set to deliver the same performance AMD’s A-series chips currently used in standard laptops, but consume half the power.

There won’t be as many models of AMD-powered ultrathin laptops as Intel’s Ultrabooks, according to Digitimes. Only around 20 ultrathin models are expected this year, with HP, Acer and Asus tipped as the first manufacturers of such laptops.

HP Envy 14 Spectre rolling out

HP Envy 14 Spectre

HP Envy 14 Spectre

HP Envy 14 Spectre, the pretty glass covered ultrabook is now available on HP’s website. And rumors have it that there is a 15-inch version of the high-resolution Ultrabook according to the latest reports from DigiTimes.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is finally for sale and this Ultrabook is nearly two pounds lighter than the regular Envy 14 packing a higher-res display (1600px by 900px instead of 1366px by 768px). The Envy 14 Spectre features Gorilla Glass on the lid, keyboard deck and touchpad.

The $1399.99 pre-order price from HP gets you the base model, installed with a 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 128GB SSD drive, 4GB of RAM and a 4-cell battery that is rumored to last 9.5 hours on one charge. Shipping is currently free and the system will ship on March 1, 2012