Next year is shaping up to be the year that the Ultrabook takes on the MacBook Air in earnest, with a new report hinting at an $800 ThinkPad from Lenovo and even talk of a fall release of Windows 8.
Intel has been espousing Ultrabooks as the next wave in Windows-based laptop computing. An important part of the argument is price: Ultrabooks have to be considerably cheaper than the popular MacBook Air in order to get consumers interested. (Note to picky Ultrabook reviewers: PC makers are going have to cut some corners to get the price down.)
Well, Lenovo appears to be doing its part to make this happen. The report in The Verge.is working on a "mainstream" model that may approach $800 by June of 2012, according to a
That would make it not only cheaper than existing Ultrabooks like the $899, but the ThinkPad would include nextgen goodies like Intel's upcoming 3D transistor-based Ivy Bridge technology, which packs better graphics silicon and extras like USB 3.0.
And the report also says Lenovo expects Windows 8 in the fall of 2012. That's the other shoe that needs to drop for Ultrabooks to take off because it enables hybrid designs. This news follows a report earlier in the week that Samsung plans to sell a Windows 8 tablet with a wireless keyboard in the second half of 2012.