Haswell ultrabooks – due next year – will make up for the shortcomings of this year’s models
Intel’s new line of Haswell ultrabooks which will not see the light of day until 2013, will ship with added features on the basic model in response to a savaging from the tech press this year.
According to documents seen by TechEye, there is a serious difference in price and performance between the standard products and the top samples. Haswell is the next interation of Intel’s chip technology, following Ivy Bridge this year, and announced at last year’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF).
Haswell has long battery life
For standard models, the baseline Bill of Materials must not exceed $699 (£436). Intel is insisting these machines must include: all day battery life at nine hours, voice command, HD video chat with a 720p resolution camera, as well as a wireless display, robust Wi-Fi, bundled anti virus protection in the consumer model, and a multi touchpad.
For security, Intel is enabling anti-theft in the platform BIOS and it will be opt-out. There will also be identity protection technology bundled into the OS.
The machine ships with wireless WAN, as well as multi-touch screen and multi-touch touchpad, and will have NFC capabilities. The battery life will be 9+ hours and media playback battery life will be 6+ hours. The recommended spec ships with Windows 8 Connected Standby.