Intel said it anticipates 75 new ultrabooks in the coming year. The trend is even attracting non-computer makers. TV manufacturer Vizio jumped into the computer market with a couple, including one of the first thin-and-light 15-inch models.
Consumers will be the beneficiaries if Vizio offers the kind of bargain prices for its ultrabooks that it does for its TVs, because such a low price would really set ultrabooks apart as innovative products. Many manufacturers haven't announced ultrabook pricing yet. Others have set theirs in the $900 range. But such prices must drop for consumers to really embrace this new category.
Meanwhile, a few innovations are making their way onto tablets. Samsung, for example, really pumped up the display in its Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 by adding Super AMOLED Plus technology. Sony debuted a dual-screen tablet, with small 5.5-inch displays.
Watch Consumer Reports video on laptops and tablets at the 2012 CES trade show for the latest in these two hot categories. And catch up with all the computer news from the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, including:
- Can manufacturers keep ultrabook prices down?
- Video: The hot products to watch
- Tablet makers keep the pressure on Apple's iPad
- Video: Voice recognition is the talk of the show
- G-Form case takes hard knocks to protect your gear
- ViewSonic debuts three tablets, including $170 Android 4.0 model
- Samsung introduces a 15-inch thin laptop, and 13- and 14-inch ultrabooks
- Hands on with Sony's Personal 3D Viewer
- Video: Orbotix Sphero robotic ball playfully rolls on to mobile devices
- Discovery Bay "appcessory" games extend iPad play
- Sony's new Tablet P features two screens
- Intel to push new ad-delivery technology
- Toshiba squeezes useful ports into skinny Excite X10 tablet
- Intel expects over 75 new ultrabook designs this year
- Video: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has thin, bright display
- Lenovo launches IdeaTab S2 10-inch tablet
- Lenovo to release an Android-powered HDTV
- Vizio jumps into personal computers
- Lenovo unveils new U310 and U410 ultrabooks
- Acer launches "world's thinnest" ultrabook
—Donna L. Tapellini