Ivy Bridge is spreading its 22nm tentacles across products everywhere it can, with Acer's Aspire line of notebooks the latest to receive the Ivy Bridge upgrade. In just 48 hours Acer will release the new Aspire line in Japan.
It will sport a 2.1GHz Corei 7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and includes a 750GB HDD. It comes standard with Windows 7 Home Premium, a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1366x768, a 1.3-megapixel web cam, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Home Theater v4 surround speakers and should sport a 4.5-hour battery life (or so).
Acer hasn't release any details on whether we should expect release outside of Japan, such as the US, but the Aspire V3-571-H78F should hit Japanese markets for around $1,111.
Samsung has just announced what they're dubbing the world's thinnest optical drive, which is only 14mm high. Samsung's SE-218BB is 18-percent thinner and 8-percent lighter than traditional DVDRW drives and was built specifically with Ultrabooks in mind. Ultrabooks ship without an optical drive, if you didn't already know.
Samsung's super-thin SE-218BB connects with a single USB port which does both drive communication and power between the two devices using Samsung's Smart Technology. The drive isn't just Windows-exclusive, it works on Mac, too. But, support doesn't end there, it also can be paired up with Android 3.1 Honeycomb or later tablets to watch DVDs on the go.
How does the SE-218BB fare with speeds? Well, we're looking at 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 5X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. Samsung has gone one step further by highlighting they've made the drive in an eco-friendly manner as it uses lead-free soldering that removes harmful materials.
Samsung's SE218BB is on sale now for $59.99.
HP China has already thrown up the 14-inch Pavilion dm4-3110tx Beats Edition laptop on its website. The laptop sports Intel's Ivy Bridge processor, in particular, the quad-core 2.1GHz Core i7-3612QM.
On top of the Ivy Bridge processor, we have an LED-backlit 1366x768 HD BrightView display, 4GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDRW and filling it out on the graphics side of things, an AMD Radeon HD 7570M 1GB discrete graphics card.
The dm4-3110tx fills the rest of its specs with a chiclet keyboard with a sexy red backlight, a 720p webcam, memory card reader, fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports, Beats audio, and a 6-cell battery. How much will this all set you back? Just 6,799 yuan, or roughly $1,078.
Apple is all about a sleek product and slim product line-up and as such analysts are predicting that Apple will kill off the 17-inch MacBook Pro when they do their next refresh. The next refresh of MacBooks is predicted to combine the slim and portable profile of the MacBook Air with some additional performance and storage like people expect from the MacBook Pro.
This prediction is just one in a set of general predictions as to Apple's strategy for the upcoming year. While the 17-inch laptop does have a loyal following of users, its sales have slumped as of recent partly due to the push for Intel's Ultrabook form factor. Not a word has been heard from Apple yet, so keep the flowers to yourself for a little bit longer.
It seems that Intel's private goals for their heavily-invested-in Ultrabooks have leaked out, where they hope to have between 20 and 30 million units sold before the end of 2012. The supposed internal roadmap details were passed onto DigiTimes, and those numbers are said to either double or triple in 2013.
By 2013, the supply chain would be truly ready for mainstream adoption, with reinforced plastic available to emulate to rigidity of metal without the higher cost. The next wave of Ultrabooks are nearly upon us as it is, with Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks nearly ready. Touchscreen-based Ultrabooks will arrive with Windows 8, which is when sales should begin their very large vertical climb in numbers.
Early sluggish adoption of Ultrabooks has been blamed on Windows PC builders not being used to developing with the higher-end components that Apple are used to. These include aluminum, solid-state drives, and low-voltage Core i5 and i7 chips. This should change as time goes on, and the higher adoption rates of not only Ultrabooks, but the components within them.
Windows 8-based Ultrabooks can't come soon enough!
Dell's upcoming Alienware M18X R2 gaming notebook is nearly upon us, and what a beast it is. First up the Alienware M18X R2 is an 18.4-inch beast of a notebook, with a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution LCD White-LED Glossy screen.
Filling this out are three CPU options, all Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 models, with the i7-3610QM, i7-3720QM and i7-3820QM at 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.7GHz, respectively. Storage-wise, we have normal HDD options and SSD options, the HDD options come in either 500 or 750GB, both at 7200RPM. SSD-wise, we have three options, 256/512GB Samsung PM830, 32/64GB Samsung PM830 or 512GB Micron C400. The SSDs are all SATA 6Gbps standard.
RAM options are not too bad either, with 1600MHz on offer in 2, 4 and 8GB as well as 1866MHz for 2GB options. Let's get onto the juicy stuff, shall we? GPU options are quite kick arse, with 3 different options. Radeon HD 7970M in CrossFire, GeForce GTX 675M in SLI, or a GeForce GTX 660M (it's unknown if this will be a single-GPU or SLI offering).
AC Adapter will be either 240W or 330W. All I can say, is I want one. This would make a pretty killer notebook. The one thing I'm disappointed in is that they're still only sporting 1920x1080 displays. We really should see these being bumped up to 2560x1xx0 displays (1440 or 1600).
Microsoft has stepped up involvement in the design of upcoming touch-enabled Ultrabooks to ensure that the user experience with Windows 8 is top-notch. Currently, most laptop screen hinges allow the screen to move about when touched. This shaking is annoying and makes the screen harder to read. This problem plagues large-screen notebooks.
The reports surrounding Microsoft's involvement in designing Ultrabooks didn't specifically state what the company was asking manufacturers to do. It would be a pretty good guess that they are trying to beef up the hinges so that they hold the screen better and avoid the shaking that occurs with current models.
Both Intel and Microsoft are pushing for touch-enabled Ultrabooks as they feel that this is the way of the future. 30 percent of Ultrabooks available for purchase this holiday season are expected to be of the touch-enabled variety. These could be the classic clamshell type notebook, or one of the new sliding designs shown off at IDF Beijing.
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Intel is in their element at their Intel Developer Forum (IDF) where they've made predictions to the long-term future of computer displays. Excitement... building... A presentation caught by Liliputing saw "Rich Displays" with some super-high resolutions becoming mainstream from 2013 onward. Intel have said that they wouldn't just hit smartphones or tablets, but it would also reach the smallest notebooks, to the smaller all-in-one desktops.
This includes 11-inch Ultrabooks sporting 2560x1440 displays, right up to 21-inch desktops with 3840x2160 screens. Yes, how great is that! Intel also expects "halo" 15-inch notebooks with the same 3840x2160 output, which should provide us with a "Retina Display-like" effect. Pixels will be much harder to see on a 3840x2160 resolution screen, much harder.
Intel also wants high color ranges, wider viewing angles, better power efficiency, and thinner overall screens. They also want Windows 8 Ultrabooks to take advantage of touchscreens. Intel, I agree, and I look forward to throwing more money at technology because I'm a resolution hoe.
Intel just finished IDF Beijing and presented some pretty innovative designs at the event. Intel has never been one to shy away from at least trying some innovative designs. At this IDF, Intel presented a new hybrid Ultrabook dubbed the Letexo. Not quite sure what a hybrid Ultrabook is? Well, it is a convertible notebook design.
The Letexo can be a regular Ultrabook with a touchscreen or you can pull the screen forward into a touch-enabled all-in-one PC. The part that I think will have serious consumer appeal is that the Letexo can convert into a tablet with the screen going flush into the chassis. The only for sure part of this is that it is based on Ivy Bridge. There is no note of whether anyone has jumped on board with the design.
Intel have talked about this before, where they've said that there'll be 75 new Ultrabook designs floating out into the wild throughout the year, but now we have Intel reiterating the fact. Pricing of the new systems should kick off at $699, which is $100 cheaper than the cheapest machine available now.
Intel's general manager for the PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, says that some of the new designs will sport Windows 8 and touchscreens. Yay. This means that a bunch of the new Ultrabooks won't land until after the Windows 8 launch, but with Intel investing large sums of time, effort and most of all, cash, into Ultrabooks, we should only expect good things. The cash injection? Just $300 million.
Skaugen has said:
I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook. Intel plans to ensure ultrabooks have a consistent experience. And if it's too thick it won't be called an ultrabook. It won't be allowed to be called an ultrabook because ultrabook is a trademark of Intel and we can protect the trademark.
HP's EliteBook 8460p business notebook is looking to be succeeded by HP's EliteBook 8470p. The new model shares the same 14-inch display, and bead-blasted aluminum/magnesium construction, but the new 8470p is said to have Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processor inside.
HP is expected to put on offer multiple Intel Core processors, with one of the prototypes running a 1.7GHz Core i7, according to leaked specs posted on Laptop Reviews. HP's latest business notebook is also expected to sport the 9-cell accessory battery that the 8460p used. This claimed a very, very impressive 32 hours of run time.
Filling out the EliteBook 8470p we have integrated Intel graphics, USB 3.0 ports, up to 8GB of RAM, multiple storage options, and a choice between 1366x768 and 1600x900 display resolutions. No pricing has been set, or launch details.
Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro 2012 could be hitting us much sooner than expected, this is all in relation to some of the current models being out of stock, including J&R and Best Buy. Best Buy isn't even accepting online orders for them right now.
If you want a 2011 Edition MBP, you'll have to find out, if they're available. According to Apple Inside, 40- to 60-percent of Best Buy shops in Chicago and Austin are reporting "stock outs" on the 15-inch 2.4GHz MacBook Pro. Retail channels usually find themselves running out of stock as Apple shuts down production.
This is done to flush the distribution channels out of units, so that the new models can come through. No details are available on the new MacBook Pro, but we expect them to at least sport Intel's latest 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs, upgraded HD4000-series graphics as well as a discrete AMD or NVIDIA GPU. I'm also expecting SSDs to be a default now, which should've been made so in the 2011 Edition, as well as a personal hope here: higher-resolution screen. 1920x1200-pixel should be default, with the 17-inch hitting 2560x1440. Please, Apple. Do this and I'll replace my 17-inch 2011 Edition MacBook Pro.
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The latest rumors to come from DigiTimes, who quotes a report from China's Economic Daily News, says that supplier checks are now indicating that due to the late-April availability of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs, Apple now plans to push back the launch of the refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models to near the end of the company's fiscal second quarter, which ends in June.
But, these new rumors could prove to be real as earlier speculation points to Apple beginning to use new glass tech a company called G-Tech for the display screens, which are said to be less reflective and reduce glare.
Manufacturers of the new units are said to be handed over to Foxconn and Quanta, which will benefit from the smaller and more energy-efficient, but faster Ivy Bridge chips, as well as support for internal PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0 and faster graphics. Other reports are pointing toward the new iMac being thinner, which could then point to the new iMac losing its optical drive, just like the MacBook Air.
iPads may reign as champions now, but once touch-enabled Windows 8-powered Ultrabooks arrive, their days as undisputed leader will (in my opinion) be numbered. Intel is now strongly encouraging manufacturers to implement touch technology in upcoming Ultrabooks says Intel product manager Anand Kajshmanan.
Kajshmanan told PC World that Intel fundamentally believes in the concept and future of touch. Intel believe its the perfect time for touch screen notebooks, considering Windows 8 is slated to launch later this year. Kajshmanan expects notebooks with touch-enabled screens to drop in late-2012, and if not, 2013 at the latest.
He also expects to see a big increase in convertible touch screen notebooks such as Lenovo's Yoga which was shown at CES 2012, and something I was really interested in. Kajshmanan notes that enabling touch screen support on notebooks adds around $100 to the price, considering they'd already be at the ~$1000 price, this isn't too bad.
MSI's latest notebook includes 'Super RAID', is capable of pushing over 900MB/sec average read speed
MSI's latest gaming notebook is quite the gem, first up we have some delicious specs such as a keyboard designed by SteelSeries, a Killer NIC, Dynaudio speakers and a 17.3-inch Full HD display. Topping this off, we have a mobile variant of Intel's Ivy Bridge, and a 600-series mobile GPU from NVIDIA. You'd think that with those specs, MSI have the bragging rights already, yes? No.
MSI seem to have decided that running RAID with two HDDs wouldn't be enough so they started over and came up with something they call Super RAID. The picture above shows off a normal WD Scorpio Black 2.5-inch 500GB storage drive, but if you look to the top left, where the second HDD normally goes we can see a pair of mSATA SSDs smashed onto a small PCB which takes up less than half the space a regular 2.5-inch sized SSD or HDD would take up.
The SSDs you see are a pair of OEM models from SanDisk, and seem to be a pair of U100 drives. This notebook has two 64GB drives installed, with the RAID element of this setup handled by Intel's chipset. The 64GB models aren't the fastest mSATA's SSDs on the market with rated sequential read speeds of up to 450MB/sec and write speeds at 220MB/sec. In RAID 0 however, they're entirely different beasts.
We know that there will be ARM-based Windows 8 products, but what of mobile chip superstar Qualcomm? Well, you can rest easy now knowing that Qualcomm senior VP, Rob Chandhok said on Friday that the quad-core version of the Snapdragon S4 would hit Windows 8 notebooks.
Chandhok went one better, though: he expects the company will show up Intel's Ultrabook concept with thinner designs and longer battery life, and who would complain about that? They would share the 28nm process behind the dual-core versions, but the extra power in the quad-core chips would make them much better solutions for gamers and users of more intense applications.
We should expect to not see Snapdragon S4-based Ultrabooks on the Windows 8 launch in October, but we could be surprised. There should be a few NVIDIA- and Texas Instruments-based devices, with Snapdragon-based devices arriving shortly after.
Personally, I am glad to see this and I think we're going to see a change in the industry shortly. We don't need 8- or 12- or 16-core processors at 5GHz for e-mail, Facebook and casual gaming. iOS-based devices sell more units than most companies sell processors or GPUs in a quarter, and are more than fast enough to handle most tasks thrown at them. We're going to see the IT industry move toward more of these designs, and I believe Windows 8 is going to really nurture that.
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