Intel North Cape Ultrabook/tablet hybrid has shapeshifting screen

Intel is knee deep in bringing thinner, lighter and faster Ultrabooks to the market in 2013. At CES 2013, Intel showed off a reference laptop codenamed "North Cape" that takes the idea of hybrid tablet/notebook to the next level. The best part? The features will start trickling out to real products by the end of the year.

As we already said, North Cape is an Ultrabook and a tablet. It's powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core processor (codenamed "Haswell") and runs Windows 8.

North Cape's design is unique because its CPU sits behind the display as opposed to beneath the keyboard. Additionally, North Cape's batteries are housed beneath the keyboard and behind the display.

In Ultrabook mode, North Cape has a 13.3-inch display with very narrow bezels, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.

Things get funky when you detach the display from the keyboard half and North Cape becomes a tablet. The display can actually be separated with a single finger using Intel's patent-pending separation mechanism.

See the narrow bezels in the image up top? North Cape's "Smart Touch" feature kicks in with the press of a button up top or when the display is disengaged from the keyboard. Like magic, the 1080p display will shrink down to an 11.6-inch one with thicker bezels for your thumbs to rest on. Neat!

But the best part about North Cape is its battery life. Intel says North Cape can stay powered for 13 hours while in Ultrabook mode and 10 hours in tablet mode. Now that's impressive!

That's all fine and dandy, but how much will an Ultrabook/tablet hybrid based off this technology cost you? Intel says it's working with computer makers to implement North Cape features into real machines that'll cost between $799 and $899.

Posted on location at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. All photos taken by Raymond Wong for DVICE.

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