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The new Intel Ivy Bridge platform will cause Ultrabook prices to drop in March, 2012.
The prices of first-generation Ultrabooks will most likely to drop by 20 – 30% in March, due to the upcoming third-generation Intel Ivy Bridge platform, which will be announced in April, this year.
Acer is planning to concentrate at the Ultrabook market segment this year.
Acer is planning to launch its second-generation Ultrabook models in the second quarter of this year, and will escalate with more models in Q3, 2012. Acer is willing to reach with its Ultrabook category about 25% – 35% of its total notebook shipments for 2012.
Two hours ago, Acer announced its new Aspire S5 Ultrabook, a new service – AcerCloud, and its Iconia Tab A700 tablet, at CES in Las Vegas.
Chairman and CEO of Acer JT Wang opened the Press Conference, and said that “By Q2 this year, Acer will have four models of ultrabook.” and later added, “We already have Aspire S3, today you will see Aspire S5.”, and later, “The ultrabook is a mainstream train that cannot be stopped.” , and “When Windows 8 launches in the second half of this year, we’ll launch more ultrabooks for the new OS.” added Mr. JT Wang (photos of Mr. JT Wang, not included).
Acer will release its Aspire S Series Ultrabook with Intel Core i7 CPU and 240GB SSD in Japan.
The Aspire S3-951-F74U comes with 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2637M processor, 4 GB of DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) memory and a huge 240GB SSD drive. The device is equipped with a 13.3-inch (1366 × 786) WXGA TFT LED backlight display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, Camera, HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader.
The Aspire S3-951-F74U wakes from sleep mode for under 1.5 seconds and from hibernation within 6 seconds. The Ultrabook weighs 1.33kg and is 13mm thick at its thinnest part, also has a 3260mAh lithium-ion battery, and can hold on a charge up to 7 hours running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Acer inroduced four new models of its Aspire S3 Ultrabook in Taiwan.
Acer sold six thousand units of its Aspire S3 Ultrabook in Taiwan, and due to that unprecedented success Acer will launch four new models.
The four new models of the Aspire S come with Intel Core i5-2467M processor and are equipped with a 240GB solid state drive (SSD), 320 GB, 500 GB hard drive (HDD), and one model equipped with Intel Core i7-2637M processor and 500GB HDD.
The 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S resumes within 2 seconds, has a standby up to 50 days, comes with a new generation of lightweight long-lasting lithium battery, has an excellent energy-saving technology (Acer Green Instant On) and a battery life up to 6 hours. It is also equipped with the fourth generation of Dolby Surround Sound, and weighs less than 1.4kg with its thinnest part being only 13mm.
Acer and Asus’s initial ultrabook sales are not as expected.
Shipments of Ultrabooks made by Acer and Asus are expected to reach 100,000 units each by the end of this year, which is one third less than their targets (because of the quite high prices).
The price of Asus’s Zenbook UX21 and UX31 ultrabook (in Taiwan), range from $36,000 TWD ($1,205 USD) to $50,000 TWD ($1,670 USD), but the $1,000 USD models sold in the US are not available. Such a price strategy does not meet the consumers’ expectations.
Ultrabooks will likely come with cost-saving hybrid drives.
The hybrid hard disc drives are recently becoming more and more popular choice of storage alternative among notebook vendors for their ultrabook models. Storage components account for about 10 – 15 percent of the ultrabook’s total cost. To fulfill Intel’s target of launching an ultrabook device with a price below $1,000 USD, boot times between 8 – 45 seconds and a size smaller than the standard 2.5-inch hard drive, notebook vendors will likely adopt hybrid HDDs as their new storage choice. Read the rest of this entry »