How can an Ultrabook be just $699? Here's how...

Intel Ultrabook

Yesterday, at Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, we were told that the next wave of Ultrabooks will start at $699. These new, less-expensive, skinny laptops are just around the corner, apparently. But how is that low price-point possible? I've got the answers, in The Long View...

By Richi Jennings

[Updated: More about battery life and price]

Ultrabook -- for which Intel claims a trademark -- is still a pretty amorphous concept. Intel wraps it up in so much aspirational-marketing mumbo-jumbo that it's hard to tie it down. The cynical shorthand description would be a PC like an Apple MacBook Air. The longform rubric goes something like this:

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