Intel shows off Ivy Bridge Ultrabook with 133inch touchscreen

first_imgWindows 8 is clearly focused on bringing touch interaction and mobile connectivity to the desktop OS experience, and one of Microsoft’s closest partners is on the same page. Intel’s freshly-unveiled Ivy Bridge Ultrabook reference design not only features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, but it’s also got a SIM card slot for surfing on a mobile data connection from your carrier of choice.A handful of bloggers have gotten the chance to handle Intel’s device at CeBIT 2012 in Hannover, Germany. Nestled beneath the Ultrabook‘s slender chassis is a 1.5GHz Ivy Bridge CPU — which Intel is said to be unleashing upon the world in the second quarter of 2012. It appears to be slightly wider than the LG Shuriken 18 we got a look at last year. The Shuriken also featured a 13.3″ display, but its bezel is less than half as thick as the one on the Intel model.Unfortunately, the company only provided Windows 7 and the Zinio app to show off its touch abilities. As you might expect, the Ultrabook’s hinges aren’t quite up to the task of dealing with more forceful prodding. Gentle interactions like pinch-to-zoom and light taps are fine, but when Chippy from Ultrabook News gives the screen a firm poke the display wobbles.Acer “solved” this problem by providing a rubber-footed brace that users could place behind their touchscreen laptops in 2010, but that’s not a particularly elegant solution — nor is it one that works when you’re using an Ultrabook on your lap or a cramped work surface.There’s also the issue of price. Intel wants cheaper Ultrabooks, and adding a touchscreen, 3G or 4G connectivity, NFC, USB 3.0 ports, and an array of sensors as their reference design surely isn’t going to make that happen. Acer figures they might be able to launch a $500 Ultrabook in 2013 and they’re shooting for a $699 model this year, but neither will feature a touchscreen — at least not if their CEO was serious about bumping up margins and increasing profit.More at Engadget and Ultrabook Newslast_img read more

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