MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas will be replete with new ultrabook models, with a show director predicting as many as 50 different types.
Speaking at CES Unveiled in London recently, the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) director of research Shawn DuBravac told press organizers were expecting to see between “30 to 50 new Ultrabooks launched at CES.”
The CEA also expects to see approximately 100 new tablets released at this year’s show, matching the number of new tablets which launched at last year’s CES. Many of the tablets due to be unveiled at CES 2012 include new Nvidia Corp. Tegra 3 --Kal-El-- five core offerings, as well as devices showcasing the Android Ice Cream Sandwich build, with some also running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8.
Intel Corp., the company behind the ultrabook concept, will be putting on a strong showing this coming January, with CEO, Paul Otellini, delivering a keynote speech at the conference, with many predicting the official release of the firm’s 22-nm Ivy Bridge platform.
Many ultrabook partners are thought to have held off production of the super-thin laptops until Ivy Bridge became available, meaning CES should be the ideal opportunity to show off new SKUs based on the platform.
Intel has also hinted at touchscreen-enabled ultrabooks, which would launch with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system on an Ivy Bridge platform.
Starting with Windows 8, you [will] have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch,” Otellini said at Intel’s Capital Global Summit recently, with the CEO adding, “Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they’re going to want to touch it. If the screen does nothing, you [will] have disappointed [the] consumer.”
Making the touchscreen technology affordable, in line with Intel’s aims for the ultabook platform, however, remains a challenge.
“We have to get touch to a lower cost. This is particularly important, as we move to the launch of Windows 8. The iPad and the iPhone have made touch a paradigm,” Otellini said, noting that Intel Capital’s $300 million ultrabook fund would go some way towards tackling the issue.
Analysts, too, are expecting a large focus on Microsoft’s upcoming operating system at CES.
“This will be the beginning of the Windows 8 coming out party,” said Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group.
“The product is expected to enter an accelerated Beta around the CES time frame and OEMs will likely begin showing new hardware but much of it will be under NDA and behind closed doors,” he said.
Enderle also believes CES will be a big showcase for the next wave of automotive entertainment products, thanks to Ford’s success with Sync and that Microsoft’s Kinect will see some interesting new applications by third party developers.
“I expect CES will be a showcase for a number of software and hardware offerings that take Kinect to places no one initially thought it could go,” said Enderle.
Meanwhile, smart TVs and E-Book readers are also predicted to make up a significant portion of CES’ exhibits this January.
I say, I say, I say...
What's the difference between a laptop, a netbook, a notebook and an ultrabook?
I don't know, what is the difference between a laptop, a netbook, a notebook and an ultrabook?
I haven't a clue.
It is difficult to believe Tablet will replace laptop completely. I wouldn't be too excited in seeing ultrabook or a thinner version laptop PC or Macbook Feather. Nor would I want to see 100 more tablets. However, if there is a tablet build with color eInk instead of LCD, it might draw more attention. A laptop with better battery technology that makes the laptop lasts for 12+ hours in 1 charge will surely impress me.
I'd plus one this too. Right now, no one is making what I really want.
My cell phone is the smallest, cheapest feature phone Nokia makes. All it does is calls and SMS, and that's all I *want* it to do.
The reason is form factor. Too much of what I want to do needs a bigger screen than a practical phone can have.
Want to make me happy? Provide a package. I want a phone, tablet, and keyboard. Phone and tablet will operate stand alone, but will work together if both are present (like the phone serving as a modem if wifi isn't available.) The tablet will have a touch screen, but will have a keyboard for those occasions when I need to do any amount of input. (On screen virtual keyboards are actively painful for anything beyond a few sentences, and a lot of what I do needs more than a few sentences of input.)
Make that, and you have a customer. I don't especially *care* whether there is an ARM or ATOM processor under the hood.
I *do* care about the OS, and vastly prefer Android over Windows whatever, but if the total package is flexible enough, I'll compromise.
Oh please, great Ultrabook designers, provide the following:
Super Ultrabook - transformer concept
1) screen is the tablet, has Ivy Bridge, and...
2) detachable communications device that also has...
3) detachable ear / mic device
4) keyboard section has all the professional ports as well as an excellent docking port.
5) keyboard section also has an extra battery for a few more hours of use in more "creation" based mobile tasks
Just one scenario 1) At home and going out to the coffee shop to relax - just pull off the tablet from the keyboard base, slide it into my carry bag and head out. I need to make a call so I reach in the bag, click the back (side, whatever) of the tablet and the communication device comes off. It has a tiny, simple screen to make phone calls while not looking like a dork, kind of like the old Nokia phones - small and made great phone calls. I walk into the coffee shop, still talking on the phone and my friend / client wants to make a simple change to a document or send me something to look at. I click out the ear / mic, slip it in my ear, slide the communications device back into the tablet, which automatically understands that a call is being made and turns on. I sit on a comfortable sofa and talk, touch, laugh and finish the task. I go off to work, drop the tablet into the keyboard base that is connected to a full professional setup. Click.
Oh yes, It shall be done...
Of course they should have touch. I wondered why they thought they would not have that most important functionality and be considered revolutionary.
I also expect Apple's new Air systems to have touch, along with OS X modifications to support it.
Ultrabooks aren't Atom based...they are fully featured core i3's, i5's and i7s. Also, Ultrabooks won't "cannibalize" Intel's notebook market, since they will BE Intel's notebook market.
They will just be thinner and lighter... more Mac-like, if you will. It's an improvement on a design rather than a new category altogether. Atom ended up being a bit of a victim of it's own success, but Intel learned its lesson from that and Ultrabooks will bring people back to "thin and light" full performance computing.
Well, Sylvie, if notebook PC's were enough demand for Intel, they wouldn't bother introducing new product lines that could potentially cannibalize the existing product.
It's hard for Intel to convince that its Atom processor saves more power than ARM in a tablet. So they have to create this new niche for Atoms.
BTW, whenever the Wi-Fi is freely available, I do use the phone to post.
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