As many may be aware, most traditional notebooks utilize cylindrical batteries. These are generally found at the bottom of a laptop device and can be conveniently removed or replaced by its users. Ultrabooks, on the other hand, generally use flat, lithium polymer batteries that are embedded within the hardware device. The cost and price of these cells are a lot higher than those of the traditional ones, which explains why the retail prices of MacBook Air and other ultra books tend to be so expensive.
In the future, there will likely be a new form of battery similar to the slim ones found in cell phones, but only bigger. These are known as Prism Batteries, and many are already used in smart-phone and tablet pc products. If proper adjustments are applied within the manufacturing process, then the new battery models can be made by the same production equipments that makes the cylindrical batteries. Compared to the lithium cells used for ultrabooks, one of the major benefits of the new batteries is that they can be standardized.
With the release of the new battery models, an opening can be made in the rear of light ultrabooks or any “ultrabook-like” products, allowing users the convenience of replacing the battery with ease. At the moment, replacing customized batteries for existing ultrabooks not only burdens the users, but is inappropriate to the hardware as well.
According to TrendInsider, the NB manufacturers likely to utilize the new battery technology will be those equipped with better design and manufacturing capabilities rather than those that rely heavily on ODMs and OEMs. It is predicted that leading US and Korean manufacturers will utilize the new battery standard to create a notebook that not only blurs the boundary between traditional laptops and ultrabooks, but also comes at a cheaper price.