HP said it was able to offer the Touchsmart Sleekbook at a lower price due to the flexibility in features included in laptops with AMD chips. On the other hand, PC makers have to comply with Intel's design rules and include specific features in touch ultrabooks that can add to the laptop's price.
AMD at CES introduced new chips code-named Richland and Kabini for PCs. Richland will be a follow-up to the existing chips code-named Trinity, will be part of the A8 and A10 product line, and will appear in performance thin and light laptops and desktops. The new chips will be 20 percent to 40 percent faster than the Trinity chips.
The quad-core Kabini chips will be part of the A4 and A6 product line and appear in thin and light laptops. The new chips deliver 50 percent more overall performance than existing Brazos chips that go into netbooks and low-power laptops. Kabini-based laptops will deliver more than 10 hours of battery life, which is a slight improvement from Brazos laptops.