Introducing Australia's Ivy Bridge ultrabooks

Meet the ultrabooks touching down with Intel's third-gen chips.

By Allie Coyne on Jun 5, 2012
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Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal was filled with PC makers displaying over 40 new products packing Intel's new third-generation Core processors. Click through to learn about the ultrabooks boasting a new Ivy Bridge chipset.
Intel Australia and New Zealand general manager Kate Burleigh announced over 35 new ultrabooks powered by Intel's 22nm technology will launch globally from today. More than 110 designs are expected in the next year.
Lenovo's 13.3-inch U310 and 14-inch U410 IdeaPad ultrabooks launched today with Ivy Bridge chips, in Core i3, i5 and i7 configurations, ranging upwards from $750 for the lower-end US310 i3 model.
HP updated its Spectre XT, Spectre XT Pro and Envy 4 Pro with Intel's new chips. The consumer-focused Spectre XT starts shipping next week, as does the XT Pro, with the Core i5 model to arrive for $1499.
HP's Ivy Bridge-toting Envy 4 Pro will similarly drop next week, with the Core i5 model set at $1149. HP told CRN it is also preparing a "dedicated business ultrabook" - the Folio 947m - running Ivy Bridge vPro for November. It declined to comment on pricing.
Dell's updated Inspiron 14z went on sale today for $1099 for the Core i5 model. A spokesperson told CRN the company was focusing on the 14z as its main Ivy Bridge ultrabook for the moment.
Samsung's Series 5 and Series 9 ultrabooks have been given an Ivy Bridge makeover. The Series 5 is priced around $1199, dropping next week, and the Series 9 starts at $1599, on sale from today. Samsung has updated several of its other notebooks with Intel's third-gen architecture but the Series 5 and Series 9 remain the only ultrabooks to be upgraded for now.
Harvey Norman has picked up sole retail rights for Acer's Ivy Bridge Aspire S5 ultrabook. It goes on sale in July at $2299 for the Core i7 model.

The Aspire M5 also got a chip makeover, with the 15.6 notebook to touch down in late July/early August at around $1599 for the core i7 model.

Sony's Vaio T Series launched earlier today, ahead of Intel's announcement, with the T Series arriving in both 11.6in and 13.3in varieties. Pricing will range from $1099 for entry models up to $1899 for the top line units.
Toshiba timed its announcement of a new Ivy Bridge ultrabook with Intel's, this afternoon revealing the wide screen 14.4in Satellite to the market. It will retail from mid June for $1499.
And Asus' Zenbook Ivy Bridge line will arrive on Australian shores in July. An Asus spokesperson referred to the UX32VD ultrabook as the company's current "golden child". The Core i5 model will retail for $1399.

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