Wondering what next year's ultrabooks might look like? Wonder no more. The FCC has posted a spate of documents concerning what looks to be Intel's reference Broadwell ultrabook—a machine named in the documents as a "5th-generation Intel Core Processor-based Solution Development System (SDS)" and described as a "business and consumer focused Ultrabook 2-in-1 convertible device." The documents include several pictures...
...and a full list of specs:
(Check the image gallery below for high-res versions of the above and other shots.)
The machine is apparently powered by a 15W dual-core Broadwell-ULT processor and outfitted with a 13.3" 3200x1800 display. There's also a 360-degree hinge (à la Lenovo's Yoga series), 8GB of LP-DDR3 RAM, a 180GB M.2 solid-state drive, a 50Wh battery, and support for literally all of the wireless technologies: 4G LTE, 802.11ad (WiGig), 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Intel says the system weighs 3.4 lbs and is 0.73" thick. That's a little on the portly side for a convertible ultrabook, but remember this isn't a production system.
Based on what Intel has told us, the first Broadwell incarnation to hit the market will be Broadwell-Y, which will materialize as the Core M inside slim convertibles later this year. Broadwell-U, the ultrabook variant that powers the reference machine pictured above, isn't expected to show up in shipping systems until early 2015. (Thanks to Liliputing for the link.)
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