Published on January 14, 2013 9:43 AM

Intel Revises Its Definition Of The Term 'Ultrabook'

Ultrabooks must now include a touchscreen and WiDi

Intel definition ultrabook 2013Windows 8's touchscreen features appear to have encouraged Intel to add a few lines to its definition of the word 'ultrabook'.

In addition to the firm's current requirements (thin form factor, SSD storage and long battery life), all future ultrabooks containing one of Intel's upcoming Haswell processors will be required to feature a multipoint touchscreen and a battery that provides at least 8 hours of use (up from 7 on the first two generations).

Another requirement will be WiDi. Intel's Wireless Display technology is a standard that allows computers and mobile devices to send their image wirelessly to compatible TVs and other display devices equipped with a WiDi box.

Intel is hoping to see ultrabooks by the end of 2013 that meet these new standards for prices as low as $599. That sounds highly improbable to us, as today, even during sales, it's difficult to find an ultrabook worth its salt that runs for under £580 or so. And if, on top of that, brands have to add a touchscreen and beef up their battery power, well...

In any case, whatever the likelihood of that price projection may be, Intel has spoken. Brands must now either meet the chip manufacturer's demands or drop the word 'ultrabook' from their packaging. And with all the media hype surrounding ultrabooks since they were introduced in 2011, we also highly doubt laptop makers will choose the alternative.

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