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Intel Ultrabook BOM as much as $710: Can Air-rivals turn a profit?

Intel Ultrabook BOM as much as $710: Can Air-rivals turn a profit?

Just how much does an Intel Ultrabook cost? After reports earlier this week suggesting that it was Intel's own greed that was forcing Ultrabook ultraportable notebooks over the original $1,000 price estimates, new BOM (bill of materials) estimates have emerged that indicate those models roughly 21mm thick will run between $475 and $650 in component costs, while slimmer 18mm versions will be between $493 and $710 according to the chip manufacturer's own figures.

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Apple MacBook Air specs leak; white MacBook facing the chop

Apple MacBook Air specs leak; white MacBook facing the chop

Details of Apple's much-rumored MacBook Air refresh, expected to be officially revealed later today, have leaked, giving us a sneak preview of what's happening with the slimline ultraportable. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air will kick off with a 1.6GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor, so 9 to 5 Mac's source tells them, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The more expensive standard configuration will stick with the same CPU but double the RAM and storage to 4GB and 128GB respectively.

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Sandy Bridge MacBook Air to use 400Mbps NAND flash storage?

Sandy Bridge MacBook Air to use 400Mbps NAND flash storage?

Apple could be planning another flash memory speed boost in the upcoming MacBook Air refresh, according to new reports, with the company tipped to be using 19nm "Toggle DDR 2.0" storage for the slender ultraportable. The high-speed NAND, Macotokara's component source suggests, is capable of 400Mbps transfer rates, using new, smaller chips that Apple would supposedly solder directly to the base circuit of the updated Airs.

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New MacBook Airs To Arrive Mid-July?

New MacBook Airs To Arrive Mid-July?

Apple's refreshed MacBook Air has been rumored for several weeks now. Constrained supplies from global retailers and most recently low availability at Best Buy suggest that the new version of the popular ultraportable laptop would be hitting very very soon. Some reports predicted a June launch while others tipped that Apple may wait to ship the new MacBook Airs with OS X Lion. Now, new insider sources offer a more pinpointed time frame.

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