A short while back, we reported that Acer will be placing big bets on Ultrabooks, and the result is what you see here today -- the Acer Aspire S5. One of the more important tidbits was that Acer will be moving away from producing "cheap" products, and it is clearly evident in the Acer Aspire S5.
HP has just announced the HP Envy 14 Spectre, an Ultrabook that has a Gorilla Glass lid and palmrest. The material seems to be a refreshing change from the usual aluminum or magnesium alloy that we're used to seeing. However there seems to be certain concerns regarding its Ultrabook legitimacy.
Lenovo will be showcasing its latest Ultrabook under the ThinkPad branding at CES 2012. Available in Q3 2012 (in line with Intel's Ivy Bridge launch), the ThinkPad T430u will come with a starting price of US$849.
Toshiba Japan has indicated that it will be showcasing the world's thinnest and lightest tablet and Ultrabook at CES 2012. Details are scarce at the moment, but the Japanese company will also be demonstrating a prototype waterproof tablet with a wireless charging feature.
Windows tablets haven't found themselves many fans over the years, and have mostly been relegated to niche users. Come Windows 8 however, and all that is set to change. Wired predicts that Windows 8 will make Windows tablets surprise, and ultimately appeal to mainstream consumers.
Analysts have predicted that Apple will lose their share of the ultra-portable segment, currently dominated by the Macbook Air, which makes up an estimated 49% of all Apple notebook sales. This prediction is reliant on the Ultrabook (as per Intel's specifications) segment picking up speed in 2012.
Taiwanese PC manufacturer Acer has recently indicated that it will be banking on Ultrabooks to return them into profitability. As part of the same move, Acer has also signaled that they will stop focusing on "cheap and unprofitable" products in a blind race for market share.
Taiwanese memory module manufacturer, Adata Technology has reported that rising demand for tablets, and an influx of short lead-time orders from the Ultrabook sector, led to SSD sales staying at high levels. Hopefully, the strong demand reported will lead to lower SSD prices.
Acer's chairman, J.T Wang, feels that Ultrabooks could be the magic bullet that jolts the "Wintel" (Windows-Intel) slump on touch-centric devices. He also mentioned price as a major deciding factor that will make or break the Ultrabook.