Monday, July 11, 2011

HP to pioneer launching Ultrabook-concept notebooks, say sources

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is likely to pioneer all branded notebook vendors to launch Intel's Ultrabook-concept notebooks, even ahead of the planned release of the UX21 Ultrabook by Asustek Computer slated for September, according to sources at Taiwan-based suppliers for parts and components.

HP is expected to launch two, or more, models of Ultrabooks initially, using Intel's Ultra-thin Core i7-2677M (1.8GHz) and i7-2637M (1.7GHz) dual-core CPUs, said the sources, noting that HP will outsource production to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) initially.

Foxconn reportedly has begun shipping the Ultrabooks to HP. However, HP and Foxconn both declined to comment.

Asustek's UX21 Ultrabooks are expected to come in with displays in 11.6- and 13-inch sizes, said the sources. Asustek is outsourcing the production of the UX21 Ultrabooks to Pegatron Technology.

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