While most Chrome-based laptops have Intel inside, new competition could push prices even lower on these low-cost notebooks.
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Both new 13-inch notebooks use Intel Haswell processors, but the pricier UX32LN adds a full HD display and an option for Nvidia's new Maxwell mobile graphics.
Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich says that he expects OEMs to push prices down over the coming weeks, and that this will result in $99 tablets, $299 Haswell laptops, and $349 2-in-1 hybrid tablets and notebooks.
Based on the same design as the company's luxury Kirabook, some of the new notebooks come with Intel Haswell processors and Dragon Assistant voice-recognition software.
The updated systems use a mix of Intel and AMD processors, with new notebooks starting as low as $379.99 and desktops as low as $298.
While Toshiba unveils a 7mm hybrid hard drive/solid-state drive, Samsung launches the first PCI Express-based SSDs for ultra-thin PC notebooks, the same one found in new versions of Apple's MacBook Air.
Intel officially unveiled its fourth-generation Core processors for a "new breed of 2-in-1 devices." At the same time the company said its upcoming Silvermont Atom would be extended into notebooks, convertibles and all-in-ones starting as low as $400.
Razer is hyping the 14-inch model as the "world's thinnest gaming laptop," while the Blade Pro will be sold at a large discount to indie game developers.
Featuring Intel Ivy Bridge processors and the company's Exmor R CMOS sensor in their webcam, the new Windows 8 notebooks start at $549.
What will it take to help give stagnating PC sales a bit of a boost? Intel hopes that Windows 8-powered notebooks with a $200 to $300 price tag might do the trick.
During its Q1 earnings call, Intel execs discussed thin notebooks using the forthcoming Atom platform being available by the holiday season at a bargain price.
The notebooks feature 15.6-inch multitouch screens and Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
Asus has shown three new Transformers -- tablets that convert into clamshell-style notebooks -- running Microsoft's next-generation Windows at this week's Computex trade show in Taiwan. It has covered all the major options for consumers and for business users: there's a choice of running Windows RT on an ARM-based version, Windows 8 on an Intel Atom, or Windows 8 on a fast Intel Core processor.
There are plenty of ways to stream content you watch on your PC so you can enjoy it on your TV screen. Intel is pushing its WiDi system, but while many new notebooks support it, very few include the adapter you need to plug into the TV.
Intel has invested a lot of money into launching the new Ultrabook laptop platform, hailing the ultra-thin form factor as the future of notebooks. While that still may be the case down the line, initial signs are that Ultrabooks aren't setting the world on fire, sales-wise.
Even if you can still get more storage per dollar with a traditional hard drive, the market for solid state drives is red-hot, and Intel appears intent on leading the way. It's already released a couple of new SSD families this year, and a slide leaked to Engadget shows that the chip giant plans an additional five new series for the rest of 2011, including a version that uses the PCI Express interface.
It looks like Nvidia may be getting shot on both sides when it comes to Apple and graphics solutions for its laptops. The result could be that the green giant is out of most Apple notebooks in 2011, with AMD and Intel dividing the spoils.
In addition to rolling out new Aspire multimedia notebooks (see my previous post), Acer has just announced an expansion of its svelte TimelineX laptop line, with the smallest one including the new Intel Core i7-680UM ultra-low voltage processor.The TimelineX 1830T-68U118 weighs a little over 3 pounds, packs an 11.
Intel has been providing dribs and drabs of information about its forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors during this week's Intel Developer Forum. For instance, we now know that the integrated GPU will not support many DirectX 11 features, and it will automatically get disabled when a discrete graphics card is added to a PCI Express slot.
Yesterday David Pogue of the New York Times blogged about how AMD aren't all that keen on those stickers that are plastered onto notebooks, and want to phase out the use of stickers altogether. But I think there's more to this move than meets the eye.
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