Last week we managed to catch up with Intel Malaysia at an event to show off the family of next generation Ultrabooks from their various manufacturer partners. With the introduction of the new 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge Core Processors comes a flurry of new models from vendors and as a result, a plethora of choices for the consumer. Of course the new Ivy Bridge processors are a godsend to Ultrabooks, proving in a demonstration against the old Sandy Bridge chip, that it is superior in terms of power consumption. Complete with the addition of USB3.0 and Thunderbolt, the latest Ultrabooks are looking more like the essential replacement for a traditional laptop.
The exciting part is not the chips in itself, rather the future devices that slated for the end of the year in conjunction with the release of Windows 8. Banking on the concept of touch, the next wave of Ultrabooks will be touch enabled, with devices like the Lenovo Yoga and Asus Taichi leading the way. The future according to Intel, is in touch.
It will be interesting to see closer to the launch of Windows 8, how the devices will end up looking. Funny how slate laptops are not a new thing, rather ahead of their time. Personally, I can’t wait for the Yoga and I know I’m not alone.