Ultraportable and designer-inspired laptops debut at IFA
Friday 02 September 2011
Good news for consumers, the next big laptop trends for 2011/2012 are ultraportable, stylish devices that won’t break the bank. Consumer electronics companies will be showcasing their latest designs on the showroom floors at IFA in Berlin, September 2-7. Here’s a look at what you can expect:
World's lightest 13.3" Ultrabook
Toshiba is coming to the Ultrabook party with an ultraportable, slim and light laptop range called the Portégé Z830 Series. The company’s first attempt at designing for the Ultrabook category has resulted in a suave-looking device that weighs 1.13kg and has a 15.9mm profile. The Portégé Z830 Series Ultrabook systems will be available in November 2011 for less than $1,000.
A 15" display crammed into a 14" performance-driven notebook
After delighting the world with its slim and capable (but too expensive) Series 9 laptops earlier this year, Samsung took the wraps off its Series 7 Chronos laptops. The Series 7 echoes the same crafted design aesthetic as the Series 9 but provides speedier and more powerful computing in a slightly thicker body - picture the love child of a MacBook Air and the HP Envy. Users will have more screen real estate to work on too thanks to clever "MAX screen technology” that "enables users to experience up to an extra inch of immerse viewing." The 14" and 15" Samsung Series 7 Chronos laptops will be available from October 2 priced from $999 to $1,299.
A streamlined notebook that can display 3D content without glasses
Sony also featured a streamlined notebook during its IFA press briefing, a 15.5” addition to its VAIO S Series. The laptop offers a Blu-ray drive, a 1,920 x 1,080 3D-capable display and up to 13 hours of battery life with the optional Sheet battery. The laptop can be fitted with an optional glasses-free 3D panel (VGP-FL3D15A) that lets users view content without needing to wear 3D glasses. The VAIO S Series 15.5” notebook will be available in Europe from October 2011. It has a rumored price tag of $1,000.
Three 'luxury’ laptops that value fashion and technology
Lenovo has jumped onto the Ultrabook wagon and has delivered three stylish, thin and productivity-minded laptops, the U300s, U300 and U400. The U300s Ultrabook has a 13.3" ultra-slim 16:9 widescreen HD display, is built from a single piece aluminum shell and measures just 14.9mm thin. The U300 features a 3.3" HD display and six hours of battery life while its bigger U400 sibling has a 14" HD display and a DVD-RW drive. The U300s, U400 and U300 will be available in November and priced from $1199.99, $849.99 and $799.99 respectively.
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