There was a brief report a few days ago that hinted at new Celeron CPUs being offered for Ultrabook products. I don’t believe it. Not only does this source appear on my personal ‘blacklist’ but there are good reasons why this report is wrong.
Update: The news item was updated with a response from Intel. We were right, Celeron CPUs are not going into Ultrabooks.
Most people following, reporting and selling Ultrabooks getting to the point where they are getting a feel for how an Ultrabook performs and what features it will offer. Identity Protection Technology, Intel Insider, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video and a level of processing power that brings swift productivity. Intel hasn’t laid any of this out in stone (and already have the Core i3 processors that strip out the useful Turbo features) so there’s scope for changes but there’s something else that doesn’t make sense here. Ultra low voltage processors are among the highest quality products to come from the production lines and that’s the reason they can be set-up to be so efficient, with such low TDPs. Celeron processors, on the other hand, might be cut from the same wafer using the same process but they are far from the highest quality parts. Lower TDP versions of these processor are made by cutting out features, lowering clocks, and disabling cores. That’s not what the Ultrabook is about. Do that and you’re in cheap laptop territory and confusion for customers. Total confusion for anyone reporting on the Ultrabook and bringing news and reviews to customers.
Regardless of any technical or idealistic wishes, it’s something that Intel could do in order to cut $50-100 from the price of the CPU. The products could sit in the same chassis as the Ultrabook-focused products and be called ultrathins. In a way, it makes some sense to offer manufacturers an Intel solution for the products that AMD Trinity is aiming at but there’s such a huge risk of diluting what the Ultrabook is that I can’t see Intel doing it. I truly hope they don’t. Or does a $599 Celeron-based Toshiba Z830 appeal to you?