At a time when Ultrabooks from the PC ecosystem are picking up steam, Apple needs a new MacBook Air lineup, now more than ever. At the WWDC'13 keynote, Apple announced the revolutionary ultra-slim notebook's newest version, running the latest Intel chip, and OS X 10.9.
During Computex 2013, ASUS has showed various products, but one of the most interesting is the new ultra-slim Ultrabook. The 13.3-inch Zenbook Infinity comes with the new Gorilla Glass 3 technology on the rear of the display and the area surrounding the keyboard.
Along with the announcement of 4th generation Intel Core series processors, the company has also announced new requirements for Ultrabooks. As Haswell architecture is more power efficient, it allows Intel to demand even more things for Ultrabook certificate.
While Apple's Retina displays were dominating the market, its time is coming to an end. After Samsung announces that is working on a 13.3-inch screen with 3,200 x 1,800 pixels resolution, HP has something similar to offer with the Envy TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook.
Intel confirmed 4th generation Intel Core processors at the press conference at CES. Like every new processor architecture, manufacturers are working hard to lower power consumption. Allegedly Intel's new architecture should boost battery life by 50%.
While smartphones and tablets already have much higher resolution than current notebooks and monitors, that will change very soon. After Apple introduced Retina display, its biggest competitor Samsung is working on a 13.3-inch screen with 3200 x 1800 pixels resolution.
ASUS has quietly launched a new Zenbook Ultrabook that comes with a very competitive display. While there are an increasing number of 1080p Ultrabooks on the market, ASUS has launched a 15.6-inch Zenbook with Retina class display that boasts a 2880 x 1620 pixel display.
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has been under development for quite some time now and is in the final stages. According to previous rumours, the new Android version will come with notebook optimizations and the first manufacturer to get on that wagon will be Samsung.
Acer has unveiled its new laptop range for 2013 at the event held in New York. The 15.6-inch Aspire R7 notebook sports a new feature called "Ezel Hinge", which provides a different view of a portable display while the 11.6-inch Aspire P3 can be used in as a tablet.
Tim Cook was merely referring to iOS-powered handhelds (the iPads and iPhones), when he said that his company had nothing new to offer before fall. Apparently a hardware update and "significant redesign" of the MacBook line is underway, featuring next-gen Intel chips.
Dell has launched a new notebook aimed for schools and small businesses. The new Dell 13.3-inch Latitude 3330 notebook is especially suited for educational use, which means low price. Regardless of the low price, the notebook comes with an aluminum chassis.
Toshiba has decided to introduce a high-end Windows 8 Ultrabook to compete with MacBook Air. The company's new 13.3-inch KIRAbook Ultrabook combines high-end specifications with thin magnesium housing. The KIRAbook starts at $1,599.99 can go up to $1,999.99.
Toshiba held Dynabook unveiled one of the first 13.3-inch Ultrabooks with brilliant WQHD displays (that's 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution). Aside from its aluminium unibody chassis, and oleophobic screen, it features conventional hardware and connectivity.
Lately, there has been quite small difference between Ultrabooks and tablets. Over at IDF 2013, Toshiba showed its newest device that belongs to both category. Toshiba's upcoming Portege Z10t is a 10-inch device which should be available in Q2 this year.
Intel's fourth generation processors, codenamed Haswell, should be available by Christmas. According to a report, Intel plans to separate Ultrabooks with Haswell processors into three price groups. The cheapest Ultrabook category will cover the $599-798 price point.
Over at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad Helix. According to the company's twitter page, the ThinkPad Helix is expected to go on sale in the US next month, and the high-performance Ultrabook will have a starting price of $1,499.
Google Chromebook, which seeks to challenge established models of personal computing, is now available in five new markets. The boot-to-Chrome notebooks, made by Samsung, Acer, and HP, is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Back in January, Dell released an updated version of XPS 13 which got a Full HD display. The company continues to expand its XPS line by introducing XPS Tablet/All-in-One computer. The XPS 18 is an 18-inch Windows 8 All-in-One computer that can be used as a tablet.
Acer has announced that the company is updating its C7 Chromebook. The updated version will come with more RAM and longer battery life, but also with a higher price. The first C7 Chromebook was selling for $199 while the upgraded C7 model will set you back $280.
Back at Computex 2012, ASUS has unveiled a 13.3-inch hybrid laptop. After a few months, the ASUS Transformer Book is finally available for purchase in Japan and will be known as the "TransBook" in the streets. The notebook is also available for pre-order at MacMall.