Touch screen, ultra-wide screens, built-in alarm systems and much more: Intel announced new processors at Computex that motivate many PC manufacturers to build new ultra Books and PC. We show the most exciting models – and the secret highlight.
It seems like a numbers game: At Computex 2011, Intel announced the first ultra Books, at the Computex 2012 show the company’s second-generation flat light computers, which are driven by the third generation of Intel chips. In fact these chips has been ahead of the fair made a great mystery. Because Intel wanted to present it on the first day officially allowed the manufacture of computers with these chips until then to give any information about how to drive their new creations to be fitted. The data of the chips were already known for a week.
According to Tom Kilroy, vice president at Intel, they consume up to 22 percent faster and up to 15 percent less power than their predecessors. Above all, however, the graphics have been vastly increased up to twofold. What this means, Kilroy was then also during an opening speech he gave at Computex in Taipei on several ultra-books from different manufacturers, all of which were equipped with the latest Intel processors, running games like “Diablo 3″, “Microsoft Flight “and” Fifa 12 “- smoothly and in good quality.
Many innovations, however, put more hidden under the hood. The aim is to wake up faster computer with the new chips from sleep: Seven seconds Intel promises. An anti-theft technology, which should be called thieves-technique prevents trouble, not that an ultra-Book can be stolen. It allows the owner but to remotely control their device via the internet and disable it when the thief connects to the network.
Thunderbolt is mandatory
One way to prevent thefts really Intel shows in Taipei by a self-developed software. The controls built into the notebook position sensors and alerts you if the device is moving, then lifted about. Alternatively, this alarm is also sent to your mobile. In this way, Intel‘s manager, one could leave his future ultra-Book also got a few minutes alone are in the café. The hook on the matter: There are still no commercial suppliers of such security software. Furthermore, the required sensors are apparently not required for equipment of ultra Books.
USB 3.0 and especially the super-fast Thunderbolt technology must be incorporated into the new mobile computer, however compulsory, which opens the door for many new Peripeheriegeräten and hopefully the prices for Thunderbolt accessories can fall. How to drive Intel and the industry knowledge in a direction shown by the fact that the company has signed agreements with several touch-screen manufacturers to ensure the availability of touch-sensitive screens in a big way.
That such screens in the coming years is huge demand, the new touch-optimized metro area of Windows 8 Several ultra laptop manufacturer to exhibit at Computex with an ultra-Books suitable for the new Windows Touch. The fact that you can customize with other methods to Windows 8, Toshiba demonstrated impressively by 14.4-inch ultra-Book U840w. With its ultra-wide screen in 21:9 format (1792 x 768 pixels), it offers itself to play movies without black borders. Above all, it is ideal to use the Windows-8-in function to split the screen into two functionally distinct areas ( see photo gallery ).
Easier and cheaper
Others try with different details from the crowd. Gigabyte shows about the X11, the lightest ultra-Book. Weighs only 975 grams, the device that a portion of its weight savings due to the housing material carbon. This fits into Intel‘s announcement to have developed a packaging technology that will make it easier and cheaper manufacturers in particular, to envelop the lightweight laptops. The popular way to use it from a block of milled aluminum enclosure, as Apple is doing is extremely time consuming and expensive. Intel wants to let other hand, will use a special plastic material, gave more details about it so far.
That something is already proven, but at Computex Asus. For the case of the new Zenbook UX32 does look as if made of aluminum, it is not. It obviously consists of a reinforced plastic body with a metal coating, which reduces production costs significantly. From 800 € it will go on sale, with the new Intel processors, 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive along with 24GB SSD cache.
Who puts on it then at least two hundred euros, also gets a stable viewing angle anti-glare Full HD display and optional nVidia graphics card instead of integrated Intel. Offers such as these lead to the well-Intel forecast that will have ultra-Books in brief 40 percent market share. The manufacturers of these devices are more conservative and there are more values from around 20 percent.
How do these numbers actually develop depends heavily also depend on how successful Windows 8 will be the end of the year when it was introduced. The necessary hardware basics in any case have created the Asian computer firms.