Tablet computers passe? Here come ultrabooks.
Tablet computers were ubiquitous at CES 2011, thanks to iPad. Ultrabooks will be featured at CES 2012, thanks to MacBook Air. But 100 tablet computers are expected to debut.
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Tablet computers were everywhere during CES 2011, following the success of the iPad, but come next year, thin and light Ultrabooks will likely be hogging the spotlight (yes, following the success of the MacBook Air).
AsÂ PC Pro notes, the news comes as a bit of surprise since weâ€™ve only seen a few manufacturers announce Ultrabooks so far, includingÂ Asus,Â Acer,Â HPÂ andÂ Toshiba. Other PC manufacturers are expected to be waiting for theÂ new Intel Ivy Bridge 22-nanometer processors, which will be released some time next year, before stepping into the Ultrabook arena.
Intel, not surprisingly, isÂ heavily hyping Ultrabooks, which are pretty much direct rivals to Appleâ€™s MacBook Air. In August,Â Intel announced that it was creating a $300 million Ultrabook fundÂ to encourage manufacturers to develop the ultrathin laptops.
But if youâ€™re somehow not sick of tablets yet, donâ€™t fret: CEA director of research Shawn DuBravac said there will still be plenty of tablets during this yearâ€™s CES. Around 100 (!) tablets were announced at the last CES, and he expects a similar number come January.
Because thatâ€™s what the world needs, another 100 look-alike tablets.