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Gigabyte S1185 Tablet Offers FHD and Magnetic Keyboard

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In the category that we like to call ultraslates (tablets based on an Ultrabook platform) we’ve got a new entrant today. The Gigabyte S1185 is an 11.6” full-HD tablet running Windows 8. Gigabyte have not made a formal announcement on their site or social media channels yet but some details are out there in CES-land. Interestingly the image shows a USB-attached keyboard which is not what we expected when we read ‘magnetic keyboard.’

The original keyboard image has been removed as it was from a different device. We’ll update when we have new info.

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Ultrabooks and Compulsory Touchscreens – What it Really Means

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save1The Intel CES press event didn’t hold any major news for us yesterday. Low power 3rd-Gen Core, Perceptual Computing, Convertibles, Haswell and even a touch of Bay Trail were expected as Ultrabook-related news but to announce that all 4th-gen Core Ultrabooks (Haswell platform, Q3/Q4) will have Touchscreens was a complete surprise and I can only describe it as a massive risk-taking move by Intel. What does it really mean though? Higher pricing, consumer focus? There won’t be any Windows 7 Ultrabooks, that’s for sure.

One thing that is for sure is that the Ultrabook is going to get more difficult to use in bright light. Capacitive touchscreens mean fingers-on-glass and in general, glossy finishes. It means that all Ultrabooks will now have additional costs associated with them and it means that some users and some commentators will rebel because they don’t want a touchscreen. But there’s another view…

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Brief News…Samsung Series 9 will get Full HD Screen

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Samsung Series 9I can’t say anything more than is in the title. The Samsung Series 9 2013 Ultrabooks will get a Full HD, 1920×1080 screen soon.

That’s all the detail we heard from the live stream of the Samsung CES press conference this evening. We hope to bring you some hands-on from our good friends on the floor at CES in Las Vegas during the week.

Meanwhile, what do you think of the new Samsung Series 7 Ultra?

Intel CES Press Conference Notes (Includes images, Press Release)

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Update: High quality video from the Intel CES 2013 press conference here.

Notes from the Intel Press Conference at CES. (Ultrabook-related only, for Bay Trail, see UMPCPortal)

Intel just announced the 7W TDP Core processors that we’ve been expecting. (see previous article)

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Finally Upgrading to 1080p, Still Needs More Ports

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The Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook was well regarded as a first generation Ultrabook when it launched back in early 2012. Unfortunately Dell has done little to keep the XPS 13 competitive with second-generation Ultrabooks. Despite finally upgrading the internals to the latest Ivy Bridge processors from Intel, Dell left the 13.3-inch display with the same measly 1366×768 resolution — not unusable by any means, but not what you expect on a premium device. Now Dell is finally giving the XPS 13 a full 1080p display.

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ASUS Re-Markets Transformer Book, TaiChi, Zenbook Touch

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ASUS’s latest marketing tagline is becoming a bit of a joke now. The Transformer Book, TaiChi and Zenbook Touch have been in our database for months and months ASUS. Just get the damn things out there. We’ve searched for long enough!

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The ASUS media showroom at CES 2013 has been open for an hour now so stay tuned for more availability information from the reporters out there.

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Sharp’s IGZO at CES 2013

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Sharp’s press conference has just finished at CES 2013 and within it was one of the important technologies of 2013 when it comes to mobile devices and power consumption. IGZO.

As CPU, GPU and comms power requirements fall,  the screen becomes a very big, power-hungry issue. IGZO screen technology could really help extend in-use battery life and that’s why we’re watching it closely.

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HP and AMD bring Touchscreen Sleekbook to Ultrathin Market

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AMD based ultrathins haven’t exactly been raining down on us over the last twelve months but HP have definitely been a strong supporter. HP is continuing with it’s Sleekbooks and will add an AMD-based Pavilion Touchsmart Sleekbook 15 to the range.

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Toshiba U845t updates budget Ultrabook with Touchscreen

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The Toshiba Satellite U845t is a U845 with a 1366×768 touchscreen.

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This is a slightly confusing announcement from Toshiba USA because Toshiba Germany had told us that the U840 was going to be replaced with the other budget Toshiba Ultrabook, the U940 which we reviewed a few weeks ago.  Both are budget Ultrabooks so why run two models when one would satisfy the requirements? Toshiba USA appear to have continued to use the older U845 and not launched the U940 yet.

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Confirmed: Lenovo Yoga 11s uses New Low-Power Core i3 at 1.4Ghz (Plus Video Hands-On)

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Now we know why Lenovo didn’t release an 11” Yoga with Core inside…they were waiting for cooler CPUs which confirms our suspicions yesterday.

The new Lenovo Yoga 11S seen at CES yesterday has been confirmed to have a Core i3-3229Y CPU running at 1.4Ghz. That’s the same clock and CPU power as the early Core i3 Sandy Bridge Ultrabooks in 2011 and just about half of the max performance you can get out of a Core i5 which can Turbo for short periods to 2.7/2.8Ghz.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook Official, Starting at $1499

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Back in October we caught sight of the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, an 11.6-inch slate Ultrabook with a dockable keyboard. Now, as CES begins, Lenovo has made the thus far elusive unit official, including the starting price ($1499) and release date (late February).

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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S Launching – With Lower Power Intel Core?

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I’m testing the Lenovo Yoga 13 right now. It’s a great Ultrabook but not such a great tablet. Maybe that’s why Lenovo have just launched the Ideapad Yoga 11S with a “new low power lineup from Intel”. Could this be one of the new low-power Core CPUs?

Update: Yes. See this article.

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