Intel’s Plans for 2013 – Ultrabook Convertibles & Haswell Processors

Intel Philippines presented their highlights of 2012 and their plans for 2013 at a cosy gathering of journalists and bloggers from Cebu at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Ricardo Banaag, country manager for Intel Philippines, started the presentation by discussing the innovations that Intel came out with in 2012.

Intel’s Highlights of 2012

Intel Powered Smartphones

Mr Banaag mentioned the first Intel-based Smartphone, the Lava XOLO X900 which is powered by a single core Atom Z2460 processor. The Lava XOLO was released in April 2012 and was only available in selected markets like India, China, Europe and Latin America. Locally here in the Philippines, the Lava XOLO X900 will never be released officially, however, we will be seeing more Intel based Smartphones in 2013, probably even dual-core.

Intel Powered Tablets

Furthermore, Ricardo discussed about the new 32nm Intel Atom Z2760 processor which we will be seeing a lot on Windows 8 tablets. He showcased one example which was the Dell Latitude 10. You can check out my hands-on experience with the Dell Latitude 10 here.

Ricardo Banaag, Intel Philippines Country Manager, discussing their achievements for 2012

Ricardo Banaag, Intel Philippines Country Manager, discussing their achievements for 2012

Intel’s Plans for 2013

Intel stated that they want to “re-invent” the notebook in 2013 by implementing all day batter life, improved facial recognition security, full HD 1080p displays and most of all ground-breaking new convertible form factors such as the Dell XPS 12 and the Lenovo Yoga 13. Moreover, Intel believes that ultrabook convertibles will be the preferred choice for consumers due to the different applications it can be used for.

4th Generation Haswell Processors

Ricardo Banaag, Intel Philippines Country Manager, discussing on the 4th Generation Intel Core Processors "Haswell"

Ricardo Banaag, Intel Philippines Country Manager, discussing on the 4th Generation Intel Core Processors “Haswell”

We will also be seeing the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors, codename Haswell, being shipped out during the first half of the year probably in time for Computex 2013 similar to the launch of Ivy Bridge which was launched at Computex 2012. Haswell will demand lower wattage, thus, extending battery life for whole day use.

We will surely be seeing a lot more ultrabooks, this time ultrabook convertibles. Computex 2012 was dominated by ultrabooks, this time it will be conqurered by ultrabook convertibles. Now, that’s something worth waiting for!