Acer is introducing a new notebook with a small screen and a relatively low price. The Acer Aspire V5-122 is a Windows 8 notebook with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and an AMD Temash processor. It’s expected to have a starting price of $450, which makes it one of the most affordable touchscreen notebooks around.
While the Acer product page for the Aspire V5-122 doesn’t provide many details about the laptop, French site MiniMachines is helping to fill in the blanks.
Aspire V5-122 notebook reportedly features an AMD A6-1450 “Temash” quad-core processor with Radeon HD 8280 graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0, and gigabit Ethernet.
Acer’s notebook has a 3 cell battery and weighs about 3.3 pounds.
The Temash processor powering this notebook is a successor to the AMD Z-60 dual core chip AMD offers for tablets and hybrids. The new AMD A6-1450 is expected to offer twice the graphics performance and significantly more processing power than its predecessor. But it’s still a relatively low power chip… which helps explain the relatively low price tag of this notebook.
Asus also offers a low-cost 11.6 inch touchscreen notebook called the Vivobook X202E. That laptop has an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive and sells for as little as $449.
UK company Ergo Electronics introduced a 10 inch Android netbook called the GoNote last summer for £149. Now the company is shrinking the size (and price) to offer a 7 inch, £99 GoNote Mini.
The GoNote Mini looks like a tiny notebook computer, and that’s pretty much what it is. But it has a 1.2 GHz Rockchip RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor instead of an x86 chip, and it runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Windows.
The little laptop has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. There’s a mouse button in the center of hte keyboard which you can use to move an on-screen cursor if you don’t want to reach up and touch the screen.
Around the sides of the laptop you’ll find a mini USB port, mini HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, and a microSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack. And the device has a front-facing VGA camera as well as a 2MP rear camera.
The GoNote Mini features a 3000mAh battery, 80211.b/g/n WiFi, and Google certification, which means that it can access the GOogle Play Store and run thousands of Android apps.
It measures 7.9″ x 4.7″ x 0.9″ and weighs 1.5 pounds.
While the GoNote Mini isn’t as powerful as an ultrabook (or even a Chromebook), it’s an interesting option for parents looking for a cheap computer for kids. It should pack enough power for basic web surfing, chat, video, and gaming activities. Since there’s a keyboard, you can pretend your kids will actually use the thing to get work done which might help explain why you’d spend money on this little contraption rather than an inexpensive Android tablet.
So far Google hasn’t really positioned Android as a notebook operating system, instead pushing it as a solution for smartphones and tablets. But we’ve seen a number of hybrid devices like the Asus Transformer Pad series blur the lines in the past. And there’s a (probably unfounded) rumor going around that Google could be preparing to launch its own “Androidbook” one of these days.
Hopefully it’d feature a faster processor and better screen resolution than the GoNote Mini.
via : liliputing
The Asus VivoBook S400 is a notebook with a 14.1 inch touchscreen display, an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, and Windows 8 operating system. It won’t be released until October 26th, but the VivoBook S400 is up for pre-order from Amazon for $699.
Asus has also started taking pre-orders for the VivoBook X202, a smaller model with an 11.6 inch display, Core i3 CPU, and $599 price tag.
The larger S400 has a 14.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The VivoBook S400 also has 24GB of solid state cache.
There’s 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a memory card reader. I also suspect there may be an HDMI port hiding on the other side, but the available photos don’t show that.
Windows 8 notebooks don’t need touchscreen displays, but the VivoBook S400 has one, which will let you take advantage of the new touch-friendly Windows 8 Start Screen and full-screen apps designed for tablets and other touch devices.
The notebook measures 13.3″ x 9.4″ x 0.8″ and weighs about 4.4 pounds.
via Notebook Italia
The IdeaTab Lynx is another device that promises to offer luxury of both a laptop as well as a tablet. Powered by a dual core Intel Atom processor, the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx sports a convertible laptop/tablet hybrid design and runs on Windows 8 operating system.
Features include Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 11.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB to 64GB of flash storage. It also has a 2MP front-facing camera, microUSB port, microSD card slot, micro HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual stereo speakers.
The machine is priced at $599, but if you add a keyboard dock then you’ll have to pay additional $150.
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Lenovo expands its ThinkPad Ultrabook lineup with the new X1 Carbon, which is the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook in the industry. By using carbon fiber rollcage, the X1 Carbon is a durable Ultrabook weighing less than 3 pounds. Instead of a 13-inch screen on the X1, the new Carbon laptop gets a bigger 14-inch 1600×900 LCD display with 300 nits of brightness.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is powered by choice of Intel’s Ivy Bridge 3rd gen Core processor. The notebook will come with integrated 3G connectivity, in addition to Bluetooth and WiFi. It features Dolby Home Theater for enhanced sound. It also includes Lenovo RapidCharge technology that will charge the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes. The ThinkPad Ultrabook has a backlit keyboard, and touchpad and the iconic TrackPoint.
Lenovo will release the ThinkPad X1 Carbon professional Ultrabook in this Summer.
Acer has today announced its new range of Ultrabooks, the Acer Aspire M5 series. Acer will offer both 14 and 15-inch models featuring Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors and discrete NVIDIA graphics. The company has gone back to the drawing board in terms of design, offering a display with a thinner bezel as well as a metallic silver finish for the chassis.
Acer hasn’t released details on which models of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors will be available, both ultrabooks will come with NVIDIA GT 640M graphics with 1GB of RAM.
The 14 inch and 15 inch M5 ultrabooks will feature the same display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and there will be a choice of a range of hard drives and solid state drives.
The Acer Aspire M5 series ultrabooks will go on sale next month, there are no details on pricing or availability as yet, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
In an industry where ultrabooks are starting to gain momentum in mainstream adoption, we guess we’re not surprised to learn that NEC has outed a new ultrabook of their owned. Dubbed the LaVie Z, this is an ultrabook by NEC that has gone with the use of magnesium alloy over the preferred aluminum material. We’re not sure how much more sturdy it will be compared to its aluminum counterparts, but if you’re in the market for a light and thin ultrabook, NEC claims that magnesium alloy is 50% lighter than aluminum, making the LaVie Z a truly portable solution.
So what sort of specs are we looking at here? Unfortunately NEC has deigned to offer up all the details of the device but what we do know is that it will feature a 13.3” display, weighs 999g and is expected to be made available in Japanese markets this summer. We expect more details of the LaVie Z to surface at a later date so be sure to check back with us then for more info.
Source : ubergizmo
When HP unveiled the Envy 14 Spectre this past January, they offered up something that had been missing from the HP line in the past couple of years: a truly premium notebook. With the introduction of the 13-inch, aluminum-shelled Envy Spectre XT, what was once a single product is primed to become a line of high-end products.
Where the original Spectre costs $1400,HP Envy Spectre XT starts at $1000. And while the original Spectre only has the Sandy Bridge CPU (for now, at least), the Envy Spectre XT will come equipped with the third-generation Ivy Bridge core processors (whether or not it’ll include a Core i7 processor remains to be seen).
Weighing three pounds with a thickness of 14.5-millimeters, and coming standard with four gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage, the Spectre XT has eight hours of battery life and certainly has the MacBook air in its crosshairs.
But the Envy Spectre XT isn’t the only new offering. HP also has a quartet of laptops which they bill as ultrabooks and “sleekbooks” (ugh), which come in 14 and 15.6-inch sizes and are all 19.8-millimeters thick. The difference between the ultrabook and the sleekbook is that the former will be powered by second and third-generation Intel Core processors, and the latter by AMD’s APUs. All-day battery life, four gigs of RAM and 1366×768 pixel screens are common across all models.
As for pricing and availability, the Spectre XT will be available on June 8 for the aforementioned $1000 dollars, the 14 and 15.6-inch ultrabooks will be available starting today for $750 and $800, respectively. The 14-inch sleekbook will also be available today starting at $700, but the 15.6-inch sleekbook won’t hit shelves until June 20 with a $600 pricetag.
Source Gizmodo ,[HP]
Lenovo announced its new ThinkPad Edge notebooks back in January at CES and now both notebooks have just gone on sale in the US with both devices retailing for $549 each.
As a reminder both devices share similar specifications, the main difference between the two models is the screen size with the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 featuring a 15.6 inch display and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430 featuring a 14 inch display.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 And E430 are powered by an Intel Core i3-2500M 23GHz processor and they also come with 4GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive, there is also Intel HD 3000 graphics, and both models feature a 1366 x 768 resolution display.
Source : The Verge