Peter Hortensius

Media have crowned 2012 the Year of the Ultrabook, and from the scores of Ultrabook devices announced recently, there’s considerable consumer interest in these new devices. Intel has defined the Ultrabook category based upon specifications for thinness while also taking into account battery life, responsiveness and other performance measures. Since years of design and development tell us that each new product is about continually making laptops thinner, lighter and with longer battery life, it begs the question: Will all laptops eventually become Ultrabook devices? Ignore the market’s price factor since technology costs decrease over time, especially as demand rises, and the question becomes even more relevant. Ultrabook devices are just as much about the user experience as being thin and light. Think about tablets: they’re instantly on with long battery life, and they’re instantly connected to the Web. Ultrabook devices take these tablet qualities and combine them in a thin and elegant design coupled with greater performance. For example, our latest Ultrabook devices--the IdeaPad U310 and U410--come in around 0.7" (17.8 mm) thin and 3.7 pounds (1.7 kg). They get eight hours of battery life and are ultra-responsive in boot up and resume from sleep, equipped with either with a solid state drive or traditional hard drive.  With Lenovo’s Smart Update always-on, always-connected technology, the Ultrabook can automatically...

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