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ASUS Zenbook UX21 hands-on [Update: UX31 too]

ASUS Zenbook UX21 hands-on [Update: UX31 too]

ASUS has boarded the ultrabook bandwagon, and it's picked an impressive machine to show its hand. The ASUS Zenbook UX21 may not be branded an ultrabook, but it's just as much one of the new Intel breed of ultrabooks - and a MacBook Air rival - as Acer's, Toshiba's, Lenovo's and the rest. We've grabbed some hands-on time at ASUS' London launch event; check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Acer exec demands Intel ultrabook chip cost cut

Acer exec demands Intel ultrabook chip cost cut

More controversy around Intel's Ultrabook segment today, with the chipmaker's OEM partners publicly calling for processor price cuts if the ultraportables are to succeed. Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin and Compal Electronics president Ray Chen both demanded CPU subsidies, DigiTimes reports, with thinly-veiled threats around continued ultrabook support.

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Acer conservative on Ultrabook sales

Acer conservative on Ultrabook sales

Intel may be particularly confident about its new ultrabook segment, predicting that the sleek ultraportables will account for 40-percent of laptop sales in 2012, but it seems Acer isn't quite so confident. Speaking to SlashGear at the UK launch of the Acer Aspire S3, the company revealed that it expects ultrabooks to be a more conservative 25-percent of next year's sales.

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ASUS tips $600-900 Ultrabooks in April 2012 but initial pricing rises

ASUS tips $600-900 Ultrabooks in April 2012 but initial pricing rises

 

 

ASUS hasn't even got its UX21 ultrabook onto the market yet, but that hasn't stopped CEO Jerry Chen from talking about the ultraportables that will come after it. While the UX21 will be one of 5-6 notebooks ASUS expects to release in October this year, April 2012 will see $600 to $900 Ivy Bridge ultrabooks follow on, DigiTimes reports.

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Lenovo U300s Ultraportable Laptop Revealed

Lenovo U300s Ultraportable Laptop Revealed

This week the folks at Lenovo are revealing a handful of devices for those that love their computers to fly away at a gust of wind - first of all there's the "spectacularly slim" U300s Ultrabook, a luxury accessory as Lenovo puts it, powered by 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM i7 processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and rolling in at just 0.6 inches (14.9mm) thick. Will this be the first laptop on the market to trump the fruit-flavored gust, aka the MacBook Air? We shall see.

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Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook caught in leaked photos

Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook caught in leaked photos

The Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook has been revealed with more detail in some leaked photos. We've seen some renderings of the ultra-slim laptop in the past when it was first rumored back in early August. These new images, however, are photos of the actual laptop out in the wild.

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Ultrabook OEMs demand Intel chip price cuts & marketing subsidies

Ultrabook OEMs demand Intel chip price cuts & marketing subsidies

Intel's $300m Ultrabook fund may only be the start of what investment notebook manufacturers demand if they are to deliver on the sub-$1,000 ultraportables, with talk of further subsidies and billing marketing costs to the Intel purse. While the chip manufacturer has been busily promoting the Acer, ASUS and Lenovo ultrabook launches expected in Q4 2011, DigiTimes reports, skepticism still remains around whether the target pricing can be achieved given the roughly $700 bill-of-materials (BOM).

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Intel $300m Ultrabook Fund will encourage MacBook Air rivals

Intel $300m Ultrabook Fund will encourage MacBook Air rivals

Intel has announced that its Intel Capital investment arm will be using a $300m Ultrabook Fund to encourage the development of innovative technologies that will improve the MacBook Air rivaling ultraportable segment. Expected to be dolled out within the next 3-4 years, the cash will go to "companies building hardware and software technologies focused on enhancing how people interact with Ultrabooks, achieving all-day usage through longer battery life, enabling innovative physical designs and improved storage capacity."

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Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook leaks

Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook leaks

Images of Acer's MacBook Air rival, the Acer Aspire 3951, have leaked, previewing the company's upcoming ultrabook. The shots, caught on Vietnamese site Sohoa, show a slimline 13.3-inch ultraportable that's expected to weigh 1.4kg and be roughly 13mm thick, powered by a Sandy Bridge Intel Core processor.

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Intel Ultrabook BOM as much as $710: Can Air-rivals turn a profit?

Intel Ultrabook BOM as much as $710: Can Air-rivals turn a profit?

Just how much does an Intel Ultrabook cost? After reports earlier this week suggesting that it was Intel's own greed that was forcing Ultrabook ultraportable notebooks over the original $1,000 price estimates, new BOM (bill of materials) estimates have emerged that indicate those models roughly 21mm thick will run between $475 and $650 in component costs, while slimmer 18mm versions will be between $493 and $710 according to the chip manufacturer's own figures.

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Ultrabook MacBook Air-rivals sabotaged by Intel greed say insiders

Ultrabook MacBook Air-rivals sabotaged by Intel greed say insiders

The biggest obstacle to Intel's Ultrabook notebook drive might end up being Intel itself, according to the latest mutterings out of Taipei. The chip manufacturer's ploy to take on the MacBook Air with Wintel ultraportables will fail to hit its original sub-$1,000 price promise, DigiTimes' sources claim, because Intel's own hardware prices push total cost above that point.

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ASUS Eee PC X101 with MeeGo gets official listing

ASUS Eee PC X101 with MeeGo gets official listing

ASUS' MeeGo-running Eee PC X101 has found itself an official product page, ahead of the 1.5GHz Intel Atom Oak Trail 1.33 GHz Intel Atom N435 ultraportable's release later this month. The 10.1-inch netbook has a 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM as standard (2GB max) and an 8GB SSD, humble specs but probably sufficient for the MeeGo OS it's loaded with.

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