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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.
Tech News Acer Places Its Bets on Ultrabooks
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.
One of the better Ultrabooks we've had our hands on will soon be available for sale in Singapore. Also for sale will be the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U400 that isn't an Ultrabook, but has a similarly thin profile and an optical drive.