Toshiba is poised to launch a model in its Z830 Portege Ultrabook series for $799.99 at Best Buy, which will be a new low price point for this emerging laptop category.
The Portege Z835 at Best Buy (model: Z835-P330) packs a "Sandy Bridge" 1.4GHz Core i3-2367M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 13.3" LED-backlit display (1366x768), and 128GB solid-state drive.
The 0.6-inch thick, 2.5-pound laptop also includes Intel HD 3000 graphics, built-in webcam and microphone, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Interestingly, a virtually identical model was initially announced by Toshiba for $899.
Deron Kershaw, an analyst at Gap Intelligence, said this price is likely an exclusive deal with Best Buy and may be in response to an Ultrabook coming from Hewlett-Packard. "They're drawing a line in the sand for HP," Kershaw said. That HP Ultrabook is expected very soon.
This news follows a report earlier today about an $800 ThinkPad Ultrabook coming from Lenovo next year. But looks like consumers won't have to hold their breath until 2012 to get one for that price.