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Ultrabooks which can wirelessly charge phones

Touch-based convertible Ultrabooks rocked the Computex 2012 as about 10 PC makers such as Asus, Acer, Samsung, Lenovo launched Ultrabooks that could double up as tablet PCs, giving competition to features of both Apple iPad and Macbook Air simultaneously.

Intel unveiled a wireless charging feature, whereby a smartphone kept near an Ultrabook could be auto- charged. Greg Bryant, Intel's Asia Pacific GM, declined to give a timeline, as to when wireless charge feature will be available for Ultrabooks commercially.

Taiwanese PC maker Asus launched the world's first convertible Ultrabook with screens on both sides of the lid, on the front and back. Taichi can work as a tablet and laptop at the same time, with a small CPU in the screen. Taichi is expected to be available on Windows 8 platform, later this year.

Held from June 4-9, Computex is Asia's largest computer exhibition which invited large companies such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Intel to smaller Chinese OEMs.

More than 30 new Ultrabook designs were launched. Intel said about 100 more models will be launched this year. Prices of Ultrabooks, are expected to be brought down to $699 by end of 2012 from $999 at which they were launched last year.

"We expect sales of these new Ultrabooks to grow with the school sessions in July. Large demand is expected in the holiday season later this year," said Tom Kilroy, Intel's Senior vice president and GM sales and marketing.

Besides, the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 this year, is also expected to give a push to Ultrabook sales, as consumers and enterprises go for an IT refresh. Intel has set aside $300 million for creation of an Ultrabook ecosystem.

Source: The Economic Times