Intel has claimed that the cost of its super-thin UltraBook laptops will undercut that of Apple’s MacBook Air.
UltraBook laptops, which are expected to be offered by at least three manufacturers, were said to be priced more than $1,000.
However, now, the company has presented a new Bill of Materials (BOM) for the UltraBook laptops to manufacturers, indicating that they could be priced well below the $1,000 mark.
The BOM for 21mm thick UltraBook laptops could run anywhere between $475 and $650 while the 18mm versions will run a BOM between $493 and $710. Intel is planning to pursue the manufacturers at a meeting in Taipei next week, focusing on telling them how to make UltraBooks laptops that cost less than $1,000.
The company has contracted the only suppliers of magnesium-aluminum chassis for its MacBook Air device. UltraBook manufacturers looking to use magnesium-aluminum chassis will now have to fiberglass, which is as strong as magnesium-aluminum and is available at a lower price.
Until the actual UltraBook hits the market, this is all a guessing game. But, as leading companies like HP and Asus have signed up for marketing the UltraBook, the day of the UltraBook doesn’t seem to be far.