June 18, 2012 -
By 2013, touchscreen tablets and super thin Ultrabooks will be a thing of the past. The future, according to a recent gathering of the industry’s heavyweights in Taiwan, is a combined touchscreen/Ultrabook device that offers both voice and gesture recognition technology.
The recent pronouncement from Intel Corp shows the chipmaker’s confidence in predicting consumer-spending habits with regards to gadgets and devices. In a bid to topple the Apple iPad, Intel is focusing its sights on combining the technological advancements of consumer tablets with Ultrabook computing processing technology, in a bid to revive the PC market.
Intel’s expects the Ultrabook do very well in marketplace despite its higher retail price. So much so, that the group expects to partner with four Taiwanese panel makers to expand its current manufacturing capacity. Last month, analysts who follow the company said that Intel was on track to grab about 40 percent of the consumer market for notebooks sold by the end of the year.
With Intel releasing a new design method that will allow the use of plastic laptop cases in place of the metal cases used in all Ultrabooks, the market can expect a new combined tablet/Ultrabook product soon. The new plastic cases are just as strong as the metal housing but are less expensive and could cut costs by as much as $25 to $75, providing the margin necessary to make such a product competitive and profitable.