Word is going around that the first Intel Sandy Bridge laptops will all be quad-core. CNET heard from a source involved in the Sandy Bridge laptop rollout that the quad-core chips will go live in January, but that laptop makers can't go public with the dual-core editions until mid-February. The reason for this is that more time is needed to sell old inventories.
Despite all of the consumer-centric hoopla surrounding CES, January is actually a difficult time to introduce products for PC makers, according to this person. "A little a bit of that [delay in introducing dual-core systems] is allowing OEMs to shift inventories of the older products that they have," the source said. "CES frankly is a very bad time [to introduce products] for OEMs. Because they've now built up all of their systems for holiday and now you have new product coming out in January that has to replace the old stuff and it's not an easy transition for OEMs to manage."
Most of the quad-core systems will be 15-inch and 17-inch designs, according to the source.