Intel had last shown its concept Notebook at the Computex 2011, however, now the concept has got a new life. On the fourth day of the recently concluded CES 2012, Intel showcased the prototype of a futuristic concept, named Intel Nikiski.
Now, why would Intel get involved in building laptops? The answer is quite simple; Intel has to make sure that the computing world keeps on moving with new concepts for the Company’s own survival and growth. And towards this, Intel has been coming out with new and futuristic ideas every now and then to lure the Notebook users. The concept of an Ultrabook by Intel is one such example.
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Intel Nikiski Features
Look & Feel
The prototype demonstrated at CES 2012 by Intel’s executive was white in color. When shown, the Nikiski looked like a normal Notebook machine; however, Intel specifically stresses the point that the device is not an Ultrabook.
When the device was opened, one could see a clear palm rest and track pad. However, the magic begins when Nikiski is closed. When closed, participants could see part of the display from outside. This is because the touchpad of Nikiski is indeed see-through in nature and runs the length of the palm rest of the device. The palm rest of Nikiski is indeed made up of clear glass that works as a touchpad when the machine is open and works as a touch screen when it is closed.
The user interface of the new Intel Nikiski is similar to Windows 8. During the demonstration of the product, one could see (through the clear palm rest) a Metro-like user interface when the machine was closed. Thus, usual activities like checking e-mails, web browsing, calendar search etc. can be easily initiated and viewed even when the machine is closed. According to Intel, this concept (of tiles) was developed by the Company, much before the concept of Windows 8 was released.
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Another feature of Nikiski that attracted the participants was the nature of the trackpad. When a user touches it with fingers, it works as a trackpad, but when the user gets ready to type by putting the palm down, it does not senses the palm touch. This palm rejection feature differentiates Nikiski from other Notebooks.
Even though it looks like Intel is using Windows 8, it isn’t in reality. The Operating System of Intel’s Nikiski is Windows 7.
Not much information is available; however, it is largely rumored to be powered by Ivy Bridge.
Apart from the above, the following were also spotted- USB 3.0 ports, a memory card slot, an HDMI connector, headphone jack, volume controls etc.
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Intel knows that touch screen is not only costly but consumes more power. In order to save power, the Nikiski will be built with an extra feature. When the machine is closed, users generally won’t be able to see nearly 2/3rd of the screen from outside. Therefore, Nikiski will be built in such a manner that when the machine is closed, the backlight of the part of the screen that remains hidden is automatically turned off. This feature will be added in the final version of Nikiski and was not available in the prototype.
Price & Availability Of Intel Nikiski
As per the latest information, the Nikiski will have a price tag close to $699. The product will be available as soon as Intel’s partners like HP or Acer or others understand and accept the concept. However, as per Intel, the product will be out before Windows 8.
Intel’s executive at CES 2012 also stressed the point that the Ultrabook version of Intel’s Nikiski will be released soon, probably by this year end.