What is an Ultrabook?

You can find a detailed list of all Ultrabooks in our database.

For a detailed look at the features, see the Ultrabook features guide.


What is an Ultrabook?

Last update: 25th August 2013

  • A mobile, long-battery-life laptop that includes processing capability and features that would normally only be found on larger laptops and desktops.
  • Screen sizes across the range from 11.6 to over 15″
  • SSD storage. In order to enable fast-boot and resume (see below) a fast SSD storage is needed. This reduces power and increases ruggedness too. A ‘hybrid’ hard drive with traditional spinning disk and a smaller flash memory module is also available on some lower-cost Ultrabooks.
  • Fast boot, long standby, fast resume. With a SSD solution, cold boot times are around 20 seconds. Resume from standby is under 5 seconds. SOme newer Ultrabooks (late 2013) have always-on features.
  • Processing power to cover nearly every business usage scenario. Aside from the biggest video rendering operations, compression processes, large or batch image editing operations and most complex spreadsheet calculations the Ultrabook will be able to operate just as you would expect from a desktop. Multiple applications in the background with multiple flash-enabled browser tabs, fast decompression of  compressed packages, 1080p video editing and almost careless use of the operating system.  In 2011 the Sandy Bridge architecture for Core i3, i5 and i7 processors in ‘ultra low voltage’ versions was be the main processing engine. In 2012, Ivy Bridge improved the CPU efficiency and vastly increased the 3D gaming capability.In 2013, Haswell introduces large improvements in battery life and always-on features.
  • Latest operating systems. Windows 8 will be the main target operating systems.
  • Security, graphics, video subsystems. Putting security, graphics and video decoding and encoding into silicon allows longer battery life and faster operation. We expect more and more silicon subsystems to differentiate from the mainstream. Wireless Display, Video streaming encryption, hardware anti-virus and more.
  • Intel Anti-Theft System in some business focused Ultrabooks
  • Ultrabook designs should be light, thin and stylish. 20mm or less for a device under 14″ and 23mm or less for larger screen devices. All Haswell-generation (4th-Generation Core, introduced mid 2013) should include Touchscreens.
  • Pricing is tending towards mainstream but premium models will sell for over $1000
  • 2013 models based on 4th-Generation Core (Haswell) must include array microphones, touchscreens and WiDi.

See the Ultrabook features guide for more detail.

  1. #1 by fab on July 20, 2011 - 20:21

    Steve, I actually think that’s the description of the actual future notebook. Anything won’t appeal to nobody anymore. Ultrabooks should be the “new” notebooks/laptops and then the are gaming machines etc.

  2. #2 by chippy on July 20, 2011 - 21:19

    I tend to agree. Intel thinks so too. With tablets reaching into netbook space we’re approaching a time where we can dump the netbook, dump the desktop and just run with an Ultrabook. As you say, gaming will be another category as will financial and video studio pcs and all the other specialist devices. Ultrabooks may eat into desktops!

  3. #3 by Lookin on September 3, 2011 - 21:27

    What about sony vaio z ?

  4. #4 by MadGravity on September 20, 2011 - 22:51

    Steve I have a couple of Dell Mini 9s one running XP on 4GB and the other running Win7 on 32GB SSD. These are rugged little machines that I can throw into my backpack and have around 4hrs of battery life surfing the web, emails, or watching a few videos. I use a Lenovo S10-2 as my main main machine which I’ll be replacing shortly with an HP DM1Z 11″ @$400.00… I love my Dell mini 9s and I paid less than $200 a piece for them :P
    I think the Ultrabook would be a good desktop replacement but too expensive for the ruff and tumble world that I live in on the go. Maybe the commute to work but no on a cross country trip riding a Harley :)

  5. #5 by Chippy on September 21, 2011 - 06:24

    Interesting. What would you buy if you needed decent processing power on the go considering the dm1z is netbook-level processing power. (assuming AMD inside) You’ll need to keep weight below 1.5kg which means expensive choices. Ultrabooks turn out to be some of the cheapest options in that case.

  6. #6 by sjeet on September 26, 2011 - 09:05

    wat will be its price in INDIA ??…i was planning to buy a laptop…but den i got 2 knw abt dis MASTERPIECE….hence waiting for it 2 release in INDIA..

  7. #7 by WOJTAS on October 6, 2011 - 18:50

    Ultrabook Will take over the market i work with computers 25 years and know that
    weight and thinness is important today for computers company Amd and Intel work at new CPU The new processors will save less electricity will pull off less power
    Longer you will run on your computer with Ultrabook then laptop and notebook give time for ultrabook Next ulatrabook will be from dell in January 2012 The faster SSD is from Samsung let see if they going use for ultrabook Let see if new video cards will play full HD or HD 3D movies at ultrabook. How fast internet connection will be on ultrabook with wifi
    You must ask your self all question What they will offer and how much cost
    If we get Good deal for ultrabook why not to buy one I think that 128 GB SSD and 8GB Ram
    with fast cup and high wifi connection will be normals for company to sales .

  8. #8 by Andolyn on October 23, 2011 - 02:11

    Agility and the ability to work anywhere without compromise is what these machines are all about. I have always gone for power over portability but now it appears I can finally have both along with my long standing wish for a PC that is always on. Why would I need a tablet if I had one of these? From this perspective the ultrabook will come with me everywhere to every meeting, with all my work and without running out of juice if the meeting goes on a bit long, and on a very small footprint. I want a Z830 with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD please, do you know when they might release one of these?

  9. #9 by Dan on December 15, 2011 - 12:13

    Looking forward to seeing more Ultrabooks in 2012. Netbooks were good while they lasted but people are now definitely looking for something with a bit more umph but there are lots of people who don’t like tablets so a powerful ultrabook would be just what they are looking for.the new Asus looks fantastic and $200 cheaper than the Macbook!

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  13. #13 by shaji on June 18, 2012 - 08:05

    i want diffrence between macbook,ultrabook,laptop,and all kind of laptop

  14. #14 by Shekhar on June 21, 2012 - 15:43

    With all the devices at disposal, its getting really confusing for ordinary consumer out there. This post helps to clarify what an ultrabook is…

  15. #15 by Mahabeer on January 5, 2013 - 02:42

    sir i want 2 know the different between laptops and ultrabook n i also want 2 know about the sandy brige…….means what is the sandy brige

  16. #16 by Harris on January 10, 2014 - 22:32

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  17. #17 by Debra Goss on January 21, 2016 - 06:47

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