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Hoping to play off the popularity of Apple’s MacBook Air, it seems like everyone else who has ever held a soldering gun is ready to show off a new super thin Ultrabook at CES next week.We already saw some strong examples of Ultrabooks at the end of last year from companies like Toshiba, Asus, and Acer. But we expect those manufacturers and more to crank out a bunch of new sizes and models to show off at CES.
Intel is also expected to unveil a new line of processors called “Ivy Bridge” at CES, which will likely power the next big wave of Ultrabooks. (Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini is giving a keynote at CES on January 10, so we’ll probably hear more then.)
Early reports say we’ll see more than 50 new Ultrabooks at CES next week. We sifted through the rumours and picked out the best ones we know about.
Dell is expected to jump into the Ultrabook game during the first quarter of the year, according to a DigiTimes report. It'll likely have about a 14-inch screen. CNET also reports that the Dell Ultrabook could sport one of the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
A new leak from HP this week shows what is supposedly the Envy Spectre, the company's new Ultrabook. This teaser video, which provides almost no information, was leaked to The Verge by an HP employee.
Despite no official announcement yet, Samsung's new Series 5 Ultrabook already went up for pre-order at J&R for a brief moment. Based on that, the Series 5 will likely start at $900. It weighs just over three pounds and has a 500 GB hard drive, according to SlashGear. (Most Ultrabooks use solid state drives now for more speed.)
Toshiba already has a winner with its Portege Ultrabook. While no specifics have been released, we do know Toshiba will have a big presence at CES next week and are hearing rumblings that there may be a few new Ultrabook models on display.
We're also hearing that Asus has plans to show off a new Ultrabook or two at CES. Last year, its Zenbook got pretty decent reviews, but still suffered from some glaring problems with its trackpad and small keys. In addition to new Ultrabook models, it's also possible we'll see one of Asus' rumoured swivel screen Ultrabook/tablet hybrids running Windows 8.
Apple doesn't do CES, but there are still rumours that a refresh is coming soon to its entire MacBook line. That includes a possible 15-inch version of the popular MacBook Air that all the other Ultrabooks are trying to emulate.
Right now, the 'Ultrabook' category is limited only to devices using Intel processors. However, there are rumours that AMD is planning on pushing super thin and portable laptops that use its processors. We're expecting to see a few of those at CES too.