Intel may have trademarked the name “ultrabook” — its neologism for Wintel-based ultra-thin and -light laptops, but there is someone whose approval matters even more than that of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We are talking about you, the consumer, of course. For its part, the chip maker is doing almost everything to make 2012 the year of the ultrabook.
While AMD’s Bobcat-based Fusion APUs have been pretty successful in the ultra-portable notebook market, the chipmaker’s lone tablet-optimized Z01 “Desna” APU has found few takers. But even that wasn’t enough to stop Taiwan-based company BungBungame from building a business tablet around the Z01, which combines two 1GHz Bobcat cores and a Radeon HD 6250 graphics core on the same die. Hit the jump for more.
The media tablet truly entered the public consciousness after the launch of the iPad, but it in no way was the first tablet in the world. Tablets have been around in some form or the other since the late 80s. But you don’t have to cast your mind too far back to recall that Archos had a steady presence in the pre-iPad market. That it has little to show for its faith in the category is an entirely different thing. The French company is now taking aim at the Kindle Fire with a sub-$200 Honeycomb tablet.
On show will be 19-inch and 14-inch flavors of its qFHD transparent AMOLED display technology. Even though Sammy showed off the displays at SID 2010 in May, it has decided to do an encore.
The 19-inch display is the world’s first large-screen transparent AMOLED production prototype. Further, it boasts 30 percent transparency and the highest possible resolution among similar-sized transparent displays.
For good measure, the company will also be bringing a 4.5-inch WVGA flexible AMOLED display to the event.
MSI on Tuesday shed light on its CES lineup. The event will see the company run the gamut of portable devices from the “fastest notebook on the planet” to the mandatory tablet. According to the vendor, it will be showcasing a wide range of new additions across its five families of notebooks.
MSI had revealed its plans of unveiling the 15.6-inch GT680 (pictured below), a gaming notebook it claims is the world’s fastest, at the upcoming trade show in a press release earlier this month. The GT680 owes its muscle to an Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processor, Nvidia GT460 graphics and MSI’s TDE+ (Turbo Drive Engine+) technology. It supports up to 16GB of memory thanks to its four DDR3 slots and features accelerated dual solid state (SSD) RAID 0 architecture.
Of course, MSI’s presence at CES won’t be restricted to the GT680 alone, but there will be several new notebook models across the G, F, C, X-Slim and Wind U families.
As reported by Digitimes a few days ago, the company will also be showcasing a couple of new tablets: the Android-running WindPad 100A and Wintel-powered WindPad 100W. Both the tablets have 10.1-inch multi-touch displays.
We love this time of the year, not just because of the holidays, but also for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). From January 6-9, 2011, companies will gather in Las Vegas to show off new and upcoming products, some of which will be in the concept stage and may never become an actual shipping product.
Windows 8 isn't one of those concept products, but according to a report in The New York Times, Steve Ballmer may show off Redmond's next generation operating system at CES, at least that's what they're hearing from a "person with knowledge of Microsoft's plans."
According to NYT's various sources, Ballmer and Co. also plan to unveil a slew of tablets built by Samsung, Dell, and several other manufacturing partners. One of the more promising slates is a Samsung device that will include a slide-out keyboard and most likely run Windows 7.