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Intel Partners Not So Warm Over Ultrabook Prospects

News coming from Taiwan suggests that first-tier notebook vendors partnering with Intel on the Ultrabook project will limit their initial shipment volume to under 50,000, because they want to test the water as they believe that demand for notebooks won't recover in Q4 2011.

Monica Chen & Joseph Tsai from Digitimes write that the four big notebook brands: Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus will start shipping their Ultrabooks in September with preorders kicking off in October.

Furthermore, Intel will be hosting a conference for partners on the 14th of September, presumably during IDF, to iron out any issues associated with Ultrabooks.

Ultrabooks are essentially a rehashed version of the CULV-based ultra-thin laptops which did not perform as well as expected partly because they were priced well above netbooks.

Digitimes also added that many in the notebook industry consider the Ultrabook as being the "last resort" for boosting falling notebook sales, but the mood is pessimistic, to say the least, which means that Intel is very unlikely to achieve its aim of grabbing 40 per cent of the consumer market with the Ultrabook.