So despite the fact that disk-based media are still the preferred medium to deliver video, audio and software content for those regions of the world where the internet isn’t so uquibituous, manufacturers are still on the go-ahead to develop and design Ultrabooks and designs based on Intel’s Letexo prototype. At Computex 2012 there will be a number of these systems on show, but MSI and Acer have chosen to put out their ideas first to the world with a bevvy of preview pictures.
First up is MSI. They’ve got a number of models on schedule for viewing at Computex Taipei, with Braz0s-based U270, the Ultrathin U180, the CX70, CR70, CX61, CR61 and the 14-incher CR41. Those are all multi-media-focused notebooks, aimed at the customer looking for a moderately high performance notebook but with good build quality and great performance. Its almost a given that all of these will be running Ivy Bridge processors and Windows 8. The star of the show (above) will be the Letexo-based slider, the S20 that you see above. With a 11.6-inch Full HD folding screen, Windows 8 and Ivy Bridge, MSI hopes to be the first out of the gate with a model as close to Intel’s Letexo design as possible.
Acer, on the other hand, is a company I barely recognise from two years ago. With their move to use the Packard Bell label for their low-cost computers and notebooks, I’ve yet to see a bad eMachines laptop or a Acer Aspire or Travelmate notebook in a while, probably because their whole design language has changed since the Ultrabook push by Intel and the company’s desire to compete with Apple for extracting maximum revenue out of a product. The first of two new products to be shown this year is the W510. Like MSI’s S20, its a version of Intel’s Letexo design but features a rotating screen and is more a proper laptop design than anything else. The design you see below is actually a tablet with a optional keyboard dock, a la ASUS’ Transformer Prime. The dock provides the laptop with battery life to charge the notebook while asleep or shut down. When used together, the dock and the internal battery provides a runtime of up to 18 hours.
The screen does a complete about-turn and then fully pushed back is suitable, says Acer, to ” allow for better viewing, or for convenient touch. Furthermore, it can be used vertically like a portrait for easy browsing and reading.” I’m not a fan of putting an expensive toy on its side, but that’s what Acer says the W700 is built for. Next up is the W700. The W700 is actually a tablet complete with a desktop dock that can be either laid flat or sitting up in portrait mode.
The W700’s dock allows the tablet higher volume as well, featuring built-in speakers and also extra battery power if used away from the wall. The tablet only measures seven inches diagonally, taking its size cue from the success of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 and its ease of use. The W700 is likely to be an ARM version and it’ll be interesting to see how Acer and the other manufacturers address this difference to the customers when making their purchase. While these models are being shown off at Computex, they’re only likely scheduled for a release just after Windows 8 this coming October.
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