In a recent interview, Microsoft’s VP covered some very interesting yet vague “Modern OS” points. It’s leading many to believe that some details may have been dropped about Windows 11 that we hope to hear about in several months or so.
The popularity of Ultrabooks is quite evident since it first burst into the scene. There was the MacBook Air followed by the ASUS Zenbook UX31. Now comes Dell’s XPS 13.
The latter only weighs at 2.29 pounds and has a tapered design from .71 to .24 inches. It is pegged at $999 with an aluminum lid and carbon fiber chassis. Add to that its 13-inch screen and it certainly is one helluva gadget.
The entry level version comes with an i5 Core processor with a 128GB SSD and 4GB ram and a backlit keyboard. It is upgradeable to a 256SSD and i7 processor. It has a 300 nit, 1366×768 Gorilla Glass display, Intel HD 3000 graphics, Bluetooth 3.0 and the Smart Connect and Rapid Start both Intel technologies.
Dell is planning to release their Ultrabooks by February both consumer and business channels.
The XPS 13 also supports both 3.0 and 2.0 Bluetooth technology. It has a Mini Display Port, an audio jack and a 1.3 MP webcam. But just like the ASUS Zenbook, the XPS 13 doesn’t have an HDMI and no has no memory card slot.
Which makes us ask, if the MacBook Air, which is thinner than the XPS 13, has an SD card slot, why then does the latter don’t have any built in it?
Gadgets evolve through time. Laptops used to be a gargantuan chopping block with no curves and packed a lot of pounds.
Now, it seems like companies and developers are competing to have devices that are the smallest of their brood.
Take for example Acer. The Taiwan based company will be unveiling the world’s thinnest laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. The company will be selling the latter in the second quarter of 2012.
Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said, “that S5 is quite significant. It looks like the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors.”
The Aspire S5 boasts of a 34cm screen and is only 15mm at the most. It weighs no more than 1.35 kg.
Acer chief executive J.T. Wang said, “we are committed to evolving this technology. By the second quarter of this year we will have four models of ultrabook and more to come.”
J.T. Wang also believes that the ultrabooks will eat up 35% of Acer’s product line this year.
Tim Bajarin also noted that, “the real battle is not with Apple, it is with all the other vendors coming out with Windows ultrabooks. Apple will still do great with MacBook Air, but in the Windows world it is great news that five years after Apple set the tone the industry is finally getting something equal.”
The Consumer Electronics Week 2012 (CES 2012) kicks off in Las Vegas in a few days. And companies are now starting to prepare their gadgets for the annual technology exhibit.
HP, for example, has released a video teaser for their second Ultrabook. Called the “Spectre”, this will be their second try at Folios. The first was their 13.3-inch HP Folio unveiled November 2011.
Though there is a video for the “Spectre”, little details are revealed as to its identity. However, a leak in the FCC filing a week ago shows that the new device boasts of a 14-inch display and carries Intel’s ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.
The CES is expected to shed the spotlight on Ultrabooks and hopefully would increase PC sales this year. According to CES representatives, there are about 50 Ultrabooks to be launched in this year’s offing. Intel is going to deliver a keynote speech to reveal the company’s latest chip generations.
Ultrabooks are designed to be portable and instant-on capabilities. Just like tablets, these said devices combine portability with performance and features of notebooks.
What is clear is that pricing will play a major role in the Ultrabook’s success or failures. Low prices along with the release of Windows 8 will definitely boost sales of these new devices.