Ultrabooks became popular in 2011, when Samsung released their 9 Series, along other Acer, Asus, Sony and Lenovo models. Usually, an ultrabook is considered as a thin, lightweight version of the regular laptop. The most common ultrabook on the market may be the Macbook Air.
One year ago, ultrabooks couldn’t give you the performance you need, but what will happen in 2013, and what can we expect?
Ultrabooks are popular for their portability, elegance and performance. It can be exciting to know what the tendencies will be for ultrabooks in 2013. One of the best features that the next generation could have is a touchscreen. The implementation of a touchscreen can be a good idea, because there are tablets that can be transformed into notebooks.
The new technologies can fill the gap between different computing devices and can provide more options to clients. A fourth generation type of chips comes in 2013, with the code name Haswell. The new chip will include voice recognition, finger tracking, gesture-based interface, augmented reality and others.
Intel, which is the biggest semiconductor company in the world intends to revolutionize computers in the near future and they tend to focus on making computers more portable and easier to use than ever. Experts have announced at the Intel yearly summit that more than one hundred and forty ultrabook new models will be available in 2013, which is double in comparison to 2012.
The user will have a great experience with Windows 8, which is optimized for touchscreen. A computer will no longer be meant just for an individual, but for an entire family. Voice commands and voice searches may be a common thing in the near future. According to some sources, the PC market has not been very much affected by the rise of ultrabook systems, but this could be happening because the most innovative features will be introduced in 2013.
If the price of the slim systems will be a little lower, they could compete well enough with other types of systems and after the new features will be implemented, they could become really popular. Intel has allied with a lot of companies for implementing the latest technologies in multiple fields.
For example, from Nuance, Intel has taken a voice recognition tool called Dragon Assistant, which is already in use in Dell systems. There is another feature that is inspired from Kinect and it is used for an accessory with an infrared gesture tracking camera, which is combined with a dual microphone.
Haswell is the first architecture from a processor that was built specifically for ultrabooks and it is a successor of Ivy-Bridge. The next generation systems will have tablet-morphing form factors, which can be separated in two categories, according to Intel: detachable and convertible. Common technologies that will be used are similar to the ones currently used for smartphones: accelerometers, gyroscopes, 3G, 4G, NFC, etc.
The power consumptions of Haswell ultrabooks is of only 15 watts. Ivy-Bridge technology had a power consumption of 17 watts, which was also better than the 35 watts consumed by laptops. The version of Haswell that will target the detachable and convertible ultrabooks in 2013 is known to consume only 10 watts. The 10 watts have been obtained by switching off some of the processor parts that are not used.
Haswell will come in dual and quad forms. The new ultrabooks will have increased energy efficiency, better performance, prolonged battery life and the screens will be between 13.3 and 15 inches. The graphical capabilities of Haswell are double the ones of Ivy-Bridge.