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NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs are expected any month now on the desktop side of things, but what about mobile parts, and more specifically, Ultrabooks? Well, reports are floating about that NVIDIA's Kepler GPUs could be found in Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks.
This makes them even more of a hotly-anticipated object, even for myself, I want a new Windows 8, touchscreen-based Ultrabook, but I don't want one without a proper GPU in case I want to do some gaming. We shouldn't expect anything over the top, as they will be low TDP parts and not high-end GPUs.
ASUS and Acer should have some products featuring Ivy Bridge and Kepler, but only time will tell. I think we could see a few Ultrabooks launch with decent hardware, but I think the fun will begin with Windows 8 and touchscreens.
Just think, a year from now you could be shopping for a new notebook and it will be "Kinect-powered" with Windows 8. ASUS are reportedly working on two notebooks, powered by Windows 8 and sources at Microsoft have referred to them as "official prototypes", suggesting Microsoft are encouraging PC makers to bring the motion-based Kinect controller to their systems.
We have had hacks of Kinect been shown off, but the official launch of Kinect on PC isn't until February 1, just days from now. You'll be able to buy a Kinect kit at retail then, with Amazon listing it for $250. This is only $30 less than an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle, which leads us to believe it won't be too popular.
But people did say that when 3Dfx launched their Glide-based VGA cards, all we need are some great Kinect games that actually work very well, and it could sell without a problem.
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Deal of the Day: Samsung Series 9 (13.3-Inch) UltraBook w/ Intel Core i5-2467M, 128GB SSD - $999 Shipped! Includes $200 Microsoft Credit for Future Purchases!
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Great price for this Samsung Series 9 UltraBook. The Microsoft Store has it for $999 shipped plus a $200 credit for future purchases! Check out the specs:
13.3" LED backlit Screen (1366 x 768)
1.60 GHz Intel Core i5-2467M
4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz Memory
128 GB SSD
1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, Micro HDMI
6-cell lithium-ion (up to 7 hours)
1.3 MP High-Definition Webcam
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable (separate adapter required)
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Deal of the Day: HP ENVY 14 Premium 14.5" Laptop PC w/ 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2430M - $799.99 Shipped Free!
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HP has updated the ENVY 14 with a 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-24130M, Skype-certified 720p webcam, and the Radeon HD 6630 switchable graphics!
I've said it before, but I'll say it again: 2012 is the year of the Ultrabook. Acer seem to think so, too. They are planning on releasing their second-generation Ultrabook models come Q2 of this year, and a slew of new models are set to hit shelves in Q3.
Acer chairman, JT Wang says that Acer should have between 25- to 35-percent of its total notebook shipments based around the Ultrabook. Acer's first foray into Ultrabook's was the Aspire A3 which sold between 250,000 and 300,000 units in the first quarter after it launched. Acer claim that sales of their Aspire S5 tablet PC should be even better.
Sales in America and Europe have so far been slow, but Acer expect good numbers in Thailand, Southeast Asian market, Brazil and The Philippines. They also expect a nice 10-percent sales growth for 2012.
Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook, sports Ivy Bridge, Windows 8 and swivels its screen to turn into a tablet
CES 2012: I'm trying not to get excited for Windows 8-based notebooks, or ultrabooks, until something comes out that makes me sit back and think "Wow". Well, I think I'm getting to that point with Lenovo's ultrabook, IdeaPad Yoga 13.
Intel requires that all 13.3-inch (or smaller) ultrabooks to be, at most, 18mm thick. However, there is a provision that if the ultrabook has a touchscreen, it can be up to 20mm thick. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 sports a touchscreen, yet measures up at just 17mm thick. Yoga 13 does all of this without losing battery life, as Lenovo rates the Yoga good for over eight hours of use.
It doesn't just sport a touchscreen, it's an IPS panel to boot. The panel features very wide viewing angles that are perfect, as the Yoga's hinge allows the display to swing open 360-degrees and can convert itself into a tablet. Once the display spins beyond 180-degrees, the keyboard turns off and you can hold the unit and interact with it just like a tablet. Yoga 13 includes a soft-touch coating on the palm rest that ensures the system is easy to hold and won't slip or scratch if you place it on something in tablet mode.
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CES 2012: Something that has been needed for a while is external graphics for notebooks, but bandwidth has always been an issue. How do you solve this? Well, if you're MSI, you wait until Thunderbolt hits, wait until CES and then show it off in person.
MSI showed off "GUS II", which is a prototype at this stage and was hooked up to a MacBook Pro. GUS II had a Radeon HD 5770 rocking inside, and was rendering the Unigine Heaven demo, driving an external display. Better yet, MSI says that GUS II supports double-wise PCI-Express x16 graphics cards, with power consumption up to 150W. This is the most power available from a single PCIe slot, plus one 6-pin power connector.
Pricing and availability are, as usual, not known at this time. But, with Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, we could see Thunderbolt pulled into the mainstream and then we could see a sudden rush of external graphics. This means notebooks could be sold with integrated graphics and if you wanted any more GPU juice out of them, you could tap some Thunderbolt-powered external graphics.
CES 2012: Intel had quite a few announcements at CES 2012, and one of them was from Intel PC chief Mooly Eden where he says that so far, there are 75-plus Ultrabooks set to launch this year. Yes, more than 75 different Ultrabooks!
Out of these 75, 50-percent of them will sport 14- and 15-inch displays. This is a move to take some of those customers away from buying an Apple MacBook Air, as they'll be just as, if not more thin, light and inexpensive than their fruit-logo'd counterparts.
On top of this, Intel is kick starting one of their biggest marketing campaigns for the Ultrabooks. This new marketing campaign has been dubbed "A New Era in Computing". This will be Intel's biggest marketing campaign since 2003, so you can see they mean business. They haven't planned a launch this large since they introduced Centrino chips for Wi-Fi-capable laptops eight years ago.
Intel also stated that they will also team up with Nuance Communications, where they'll create voice recognition technology for Ultrabooks based on Nuance's Dragon voice command technology. The news just doesn't stop flowing from Intel, it seems.