Will HP beat Asus in being first to launch Intel-backed Ultrabooks?

Summary:Last week, I posted about Intel throwing money toward laptop vendors in the hopes they would produce new designs based around the company's Ultrabook platform. While it was generally assumed that Asus would release the first Ultrabook in the form of UX21 sometime in September, DigiTimes is now reporting that HP may leap ahead of Asus.

Last week, I posted about Intel throwing money toward laptop vendors in the hopes they would produce new designs based around the company's Ultrabook platform. While it was generally assumed that Asus would release the first Ultrabook in the form of UX21 sometime in September, DigiTimes is now reporting that HP may leap ahead of Asus.

According to the site's usual slate of component-company sources, HP may release a couple of Ultrabooks -- possibly more -- before the UX21 hits the market. These models would use new Core i7-2677M and i7-2637M Sandy Bridge processors, which are dual-core chips with ultra-low voltages. Apparently, Foxconn is producing these Ultrabooks and they are already shipping to HP.

If these reports are true, we'll be learning more about these new laptops sooner than later. And it may suggest that Intel's largesse with Ultrabook marketing resources is already paying dividends.

[Via The Tech Report]

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Intel, Laptops, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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