At CES 2013, Intel showed off a reference laptop codenamed 'North Cape' that takes the idea of hybrid tablet/notebook to the next level.
Ahead of its time, the Palm Pre proved in 2009 that wireless charging could be awesome. With a special case, many of today's smartphones can be charged wirelessly, but Intel might have a better solution: wireless charging via an Ultrabook.
Shanghai, China — It's tough being an Ultrabook right now. You're either a MacBook Air clone or a confused laptop masquerading as a new breed of mobile notebook. In a sea of wedge-shaped Ultrabooks, the HP Sceptre XT feels like the first one that really stands on its own without coming off as a copycat laptop.
Rather than shove "me-too" MacBook Air clones down the throats of consumers, Intel's vying new form factors — hybrid ones — to give the Ultrabook a chance to really become a whole new category of mobile computing.
In case you were wondering what Intel was going to talk about at CES this year, its press conference was unambiguous, having been renamed the "Intel Ultrabook Press Conference." Okay then. And while most of their 2012 offerings look to be unsurprising, we did find a few potentially exciting gems.
The mightiest Ultrabooks aren't due until next year, but netbook pioneer Asus is looking to get ahead of the pack after releasing more EeePCs than you'll ever care to remember. This time around, however, Asus isn't aiming to ship the cheapest computer. The company wants to bring some premium look to the drab PC world. As Asus' Chairman Jonney Shih put it, the company is focusing on balance. Its 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Zenbooks is a combination of beautiful design and speedy performance. Read on to find out if there really is any zen in Asus's Zenbooks.
Man, the talk of the PC town is all about Ultrabooks. This year's Ultrabooks already look like slick MacBook Air alternatives, but next year — with those 15-inch displays and 2,560x1,400 resolution screens — whoo, they're going to be absolutely amazing.
Ultrabooks, those super thin and light notebook computers that Intel and the rest of the PC world are pushing to combat Apple's MacBook Air are about to get a whole lot bigger next year — 15-inch screen big.