When Intel outed its Macbook-Air-fighting Ultrabook concept at Computex back in May, Asus was at the front of the queue to make one. The Asus UX21 Ultrabook is slated for a September release but it seems it could be pipped to the post.
New reports claims HP wants to get in on the action first with its own super-slim Ultrabook models. Two designs using Intel Core i7 dual-core processors are said to be in the works with HP outsourcing production to Foxconn. While this rumour comes from DigiTimes, HP’s big boss seemed to drop a big hint about new laptop plans at the D9 conference last month…
As CNET notes, HP chief executive, Leo Apotheker, appears to have obliquely raised the prospect of an HP Ultrabook during his D9 interview. In response to a query about the iPad he talked about “a state-of-the-art laptop as sleek, as slim as an iPad” before confirming that “there’s a whole new product refresh coming out.”
While HP is heavily touting the HP TouchPad and webOS, laptops are still where it makes its big money and we would not be surprised at all to see this tale of an HP Ultrabook line come to pass before Asus gets its act together.