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Acer announces Aspire S5 and Aspire Timeline Ultra Ultrabooks, claims the former to be the world’s thinnest

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Acer has announced two very thin and light Ultrabooks at CES. The first one is the Aspire S5, which Acer claims to be the thinnest in the world. The Ultrabook uses magnesium alloy and brushed metal for the body, which is only 15mm at the thickest point and weighs 1.35kg (2.97 pounds).

Another highlight of this machine is that it is one of the first notebooks to be announced with a Thunderbolt port and will be pairing it with USB 3.0 and HDMI ports on the back. Inside you will find Intel Core series processors, SSD storage and a PowerSmart battery pack that claims to have a life cycle which is three times longer than that of traditional battery packs. Read more »

Vizio to enter computer segment with two AIOs and three notebooks, aims to disrupt it with ultra-low prices

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Vizio is an American consumer electronics brand known for their highly-competitive prices that have made them such a hit in the continent. Now they plan to enter the Windows-based computer segment with these ultra-stylish notebooks and All In Ones (AIO).

There will be five models on sale, two of which will be AIOs, one with a 24-inch display and the other with a 27-inch display and the other three will be notebooks. Two of these will be Ultrabooks with a 14-inch and a 15.6-inch display and the last one is a regular 15.6-inch notebook. Read more »

Lenovo gets busy, announces no less than nine notebooks

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You’d think that with CES so close Lenovo would have held on to these a bit longer, but it seems they couldn’t contain themselves any longer so they just went ahead and announced nine, yes, nine notebooks all at once.

The first one is a rather interesting hybrid notebook called the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid. The beauty of this machine is that along with Windows as the main operating system it also comes with Android that powers the notebook’s ‘instant on’ mode. The Android installation on the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid is a highly customized version of the OS and although you cannot run Android apps on it you can browse the web, play videos and music, read your mail and add widgets to the three homescreens. Read more »

Pantech Element is an AT&T bound, waterproof tablet with LTE. Will hit the shelves next week.

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It looks like another member of AT&T’s quickly growing LTE lineup is about to break its cover. The waterproof Pantech Element tablet is bound to join the 4G party on January 8, and bring a touch of ruggedness to the carrier’s Android lineup.

The Pantech Element will feature a Read more »

HP releases teaser video for the Envy Spectre, could be its next Ultrabook [VIDEO]

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HP has just released a teaser video for their upcoming HP Envy Spectre notebook. Being a teaser, the video doesn’t really show a lot but hints at the notebook being very thin, which suggests that we could be looking at HP’s next Ultrabook after the Folio 13.

Unfortunately, the rest of the details remain unclear. What will be the display size? What will be the hardware? How long will the battery last? We don’t know. All we know for now is that HP seems to be targeting the thin and light segment. Hopefully it will be something worthwhile.

Head past the break for the video. Read more »

Dell drops out of netbook race, will be focusing on the ‘thin and powerful’ segment

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Things are not going well for netbooks. After sales started spiraling downwards, hardware makers slowly started opting out of this segment. We saw last month that Samsung could be considering dropping netbooks altogether and concentrate on Ultrabooks and now Dell has come out and announced the same.

When the company’s Inspiron Mini was found to be missing from their site, The Verge contacted Dell on the matter. This is when they learned that Dell does not plan to sell them anymore. They also said that the “thin and powerful is where it is at for us”, hinting at the growing Ultrabook segment. Read more »

Samsung unveils 13″ and 14″ Series 5 Ultrabooks – Core i5, HDD+SSD and AMD HD7550M inside, aluminum outside

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Samsung made official their Series 5 Ultrabooks – that’s right Ultrabooks, not Chromebooks – in South Korea. While not the thinnest or lightest, they pack some mouth-watering specs.

The Series 5 Ultrabooks come in two sizes, 13″ and 14″, but the difference between them is more than just an inch. Read more »

The 7″ Toshiba Thrive tablet is now on sale, can be yours for $379.99

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Toshiba quietly launched its 7″ Thrive tablet, running Android 3.2 Honeycomb on sale today. The manufacturer has, therefore, made good on its promise for a December launch, which it made back at the device’s announcement.

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LG announces super-hot X-Note Z330 Ultrabook, prices start at $1500

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LG just introduced a new member to its lineup of portable computers. The LG X-Note Z330 is a 1.21kg ultrabook with a 13.3″ screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Just 14.7mm thick and with an extremely cool design, the Z330 is certainly among the hottest looking laptops to date.

The LG X-Note Z330 comes with either Core i7 2637M or Core i5 2467M CPU, 4GB or RAM and 120GB or 300GB SSD, which allow it to make a cold boot in the amazing 9.9 seconds. As per the ultrabook tradition, there’s no discrete GPU here, so the Intel HD 3000, built into the CPU, will have to do. Read more »

15-inch MacBook Air coming in Q1 2012, a 17-inch version to follow

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Some juicy rumors from the realm of Mac just surfaced online. According to the often reliable DigiTimes, Apple will be launching a 15″ MacBook Air at the start of 2012.

The 15″ MacBook Air will come to support the 11.6″ and 13″ versions in their fight against the Ultrabook army, which is quickly growing in numbers. Read more »

Samsung could stop making netbooks – focus on ultrabooks from 2012

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In an alleged email sent to its partners Samsung reportedly expressed the intention to stop making netbooks and focus on ultraportables (11.6″ and 12″) and ultrabooks starting from Q1 2012.

Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed this yet and the information comes from French site called Blogeee, so take this information under advisement. Read more »

FXI squeezes a dual-core chipset into a USB stick, lets you turn any monitor into an Android device

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What you see here is one of the coolest USB sticks we’ve ever come across. Called Cotton Candy, it carries a fully functional chipset running the Android operating system inside it. All it needs is a USB cable to draw power and an HDMI cable to connect to a screen of some sort.

Thanks to this creation of the Norwegians from FXI technologies, you can turn any available screen into an Android device. Your TV and computer monitor can grow brains of their own with this stick. Read more »

HP launches new Folio 13 Ultrabook, refreshes the Envy and Pavilion dm4 range

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After nearly spinning off their PC division and then deciding to keep it HP is now back with a bang with three new laptops. First, they launched all a new Ultrabook because that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. It’s called the Folio and according to HP it’s the first business Ultrabook, offering the best battery life in its class.

The Folion 13 has a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 display with an Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB mSATA SSD, USB 3.0, a backlit keyboard, six cell battery and HP’s CoolSense technology. Read more »

See how the new Nvidia Tegra 3 works and what it’s capable of

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Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 is the next big thing in the world of mobile processors and has everyone excited. But looking away from its impressive spec sheet, we know little of what it’s really capable of. So to give us a little demo, Nvidia has put up a series of videos on YouTube and we’ll be taking a look at some of them.

First of all, here is a look at the way the five cores function on Tegra 3. Although it is advertised as a quad-core system, there is a fifth companion core designed to handle less intensive tasks. Depending upon the current activity the system automatically switches between the companion core and the performance cores without any special optimization from the software side. Read more »

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime becomes official, packs in quad-core Tegra 3 and a 10-inch display

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We have been hearing a lot about the Transformer Prime. First ASUS chairman Jonney Shih displayed it at AsiaD, then some more live shots surfaced, then came the FCC images, after that the benchmarks and the last we heard of it we found out that it will be delayed and coming in December instead. But now we finally have the official announcement that we have been waiting for.

ASUS today announced the Transformer Prime or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, as it is officially called. It will be the first device in the world to pack in the new Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that has a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. Read more »