Acer is going to launch a new laptop with a very thin display system. There are wide spread rumors about the, to be launched, ‘Ultrabook’ laptop which resembles ‘Macbook Air’ in many ways including the design. It seems that images of the product are leaked from Vietnamese website, Sohoa.
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The laptop supposed to be named, Aspire 3951 features 13.3” display, Sandy Bridge Intel Core i processors, 6 hours of battery life, 30 days of standby time, less than 2 seconds of response time from sleep, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and USB ports, a card reader and Dolby Home Theater sound system. The laptop comes with 160 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or with a HDD (Hard Disk Drive) of 250 GB or 500 GB options. The design comes with a large trackpad, chiklet keyboard and silver aluminum casing.
Compared to Macbook Air’s thickness of 0.68 inches measured at its highest point, Aspire 3951 measures 0.51 inches and it’s weight is less than 3.10 pounds.
It is estimated that the laptop will be priced in between $800 and $1000 and going to be launched in Asia in October.
Intel had announced in May that they will be launching a new class of portable laptops called, Ultrabooks featuring less than 0.8” thick display system, longer battery life and priced under $1000. In this series, the first set of Ultrabooks is expected to hit the market by this fall with Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors. The second set of Ultrabooks is expected to hit the market by early 2012 with Ivy Bridge chips which use 22-nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology.
Intel promotes ultrabooks as it has seen the continued support extended by customers towards Macbook Air and the tremendous success rate of Macbook Air.
Asus had already announced an Ultrabook, named UX21 which has got many features similar to that of the supposed Aspire 3951 and is expected to be launched in October. UX 21 measures 0.67” thickness at its highest point and weighs 2.4 pounds. It can support up to Intel Core i7 processors. It has got 11.6” display system, glass trackpad, mini HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Both UX21 and Aspire 3951 resembles Macbook Air in design and looks like that they are inspired by Macbook Air.
Undeterred by lawsuits
In spite of recent lawsuits claimed by many companies (including Apple) for violation of intellectual property rights, manufacturers of laptops and notebooks are undeterred in moving forward to place footage in the market of their choice where there is bumper harvest.
It is expected that many companies will fallow Apple’s design in launching ultrabooks with ultra thin display systems which are going to be enjoyed by millions of windows users world-wide. New entrants have greater challenges in coming with a sleek design and priced less than currently announced ultrabooks.
As Macbook Air customers have tasted the thinner, lighter notebooks with long battery life, the same success story may be repeated with Ultrabooks. Do you agree with this coercion?