Sony has outed its latest ultraportable range, the 13.3-inch VAIO S Series. Just 24mm thick and around 1.75kg, the S Series can be paired with a slice battery for up to 14hrs runtime, uses up to Intel's Core i7-2620M and 8GB of DDR3 memory (in the Sony VAIO VPC-SB1A9E/B) along with up to a 128GB SSD and AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics doing double-duty with an Intel HD GPU.
A new Apple survey has prompted suggestions that the company is planning a MacBook Air 3G, with integrated high-speed cellular connectivity. The questionnaire, spotted by AppleInsider, asks a number of questions of MacBook Air owners about their use of 3G wireless, including how often they take advantage of it and what sort of modem they use - USB, wired or wireless tethering, mobile hotspot or something else.
Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its MacBook Air ultraportable with Sandy Bridge processors in June, delayed slightly due to the chipset issues Intel has experienced. CNET's sources haven't disclosed which exact processors in Intel's Core 2011 range will used, though the update is expected to follow a MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge refresh in March or April.
UK carrier Three has announced that, as of February, it will be offering the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible hybrid netbook/tablet. Based on Intel's dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550 with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-drive, the Windows 7 based Inspiron Duo has a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen that can rotate in its bezel to face forward, for regular notebook use, or outward, to be used as a tablet.
Fujitsu has refreshed its notebook range, adding Intel's new 2nd-gen Core 2011 processors to a new line-up of LIFEBOOK models. The new CES 2011 offerings include the 13.3-inch LIFEBOOK T901 convertible tablet PC, a pair of 12.1-inch ultraportables, the LIFEBOOK P701 and P771, and the Blu-ray toting, 3G-equipped LIFEBOOK A531 and AH531.
HP has unveiled one of their first AMD Fusion APU based notebooks, the HP Pavilion dm1, an 11.6-inch ultraportable using the E-350 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, Radeon HD 6310M graphics and a 320GB hard-drive. The Pavilion dm1 has a 1366 x 768 display, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and gigabit ethernet, as well as up to 8GB of RAM (3GB standard), and while it may look like a netbook there's still an HDMI output for Full HD video.
Acer, ASUS and Lenovo are apparently planning to take a leaf out of Apple's book with the construction of their new Intel Sandy Bridge based ultraportable laptops, with ultra-slim form factors and, in particular, slender screen lids being cribbed from the MacBook Air. Scheduled for release at the end of Q1 2011, the 13.3- to 14-inch notebooks will apparently borrow Apple's display panel construction method which has resulted in screens 3-5mm thinner than previously common.
The last time we wrote about UMID was back in June and at the time; the company had a new product that that sounded decent enough called the mbook SE. The SE was an interesting little machine and the way that most folks here in the States got a UMID product was through importer Dynamism.
Usually, when an interesting new gadget arrives, we have to wait until iFixit gets around to tearing it down before we see what's going on inside. Google, though, don't appear willing to wait for that to happen; they've pushed out a video to demonstrate the benefits of cloud-based working, and along the way 25 Google Cr-48 notebooks are broken, frozen, shattered and generally mistreated.
Video destruction after the cut