US PC manufacturer Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) will stop producing netbooks and will start focusing on developing higher-end ultrabooks, according to press reports.
The move appears to follow market trends, since netbooks are increasingly losing ground against tablets, with a sharp decline in sales worldwide.
Meanwhile, many manufacturers have started to be lured by these new ultraportable and pricier devices. The ultrabook - a new laptop concept coined by Intel, much like the netbook some time ago - is a thin and light device with the performance and capabilities of today's laptops and tablet-like features.
Dell's decision means the newly born ultrabook market receives a new competitor, joining companies such as Asus, Acer, LG Electronics, Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo that have announced plans to start manufacturing Intel-based ultrabooks.
Intel claims that ultrabooks will have five hours of battery life and an ultra-fast startup. It has estimated that by the end of 2012, 40% of the consumer laptop market segment will be ultrabooks.