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Why You Might Want to Wait Until Next Year to Buy an Ultrabook

By September 11, 2012

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I was all set to buy an Ultrabook this fall when Windows 8 áis released. Something thin, light, and shiny with a touchscreen--maybe a convertible laptop or a tablet-laptop hybrid. And then Intel in its IDF conference today basically said, don't bother buying an Ultrabook until next year.They didn't explicitly say that, of course. But Intel Executive VP Dadi Perlmutter made a clear case for next year's Ultrabooks. The super-thin and lightweight laptops we've started seeing flooding retailers' shelves will get a fourth-generation Haswell processor upgrade in 2013. This will mean much longer battery life (as much as double the already decent 7-hours most Ultrabooks have) and better graphics performance. The GPU performance of Haswell is said to be twice that of today's Ivy Bridge processors. And there are other interesting new features for Ultrabooks too (see the link below).

That said, the best time to buy a laptop is when you need one. I've been itching to buy all year, waiting for the touchscreen Windows 8 Ultrabooks/laptops/tablet-laptops or whatever you want to call them. Buy now or wait?

Intel today offered some great reasons to wait just a few more months (well, really, it will likely be half a year if you add in the time for new laptops to come to market). What do you think? Are you holding out for Haswell or going to buy a new Windows 8 laptop soon after these are available at the end of October?

Read More: What's Next for Ultrabooks in 2013

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