ASUS to debut Windows 8 ultrabook with swiveling touchscreen at Computex 2012

By on December 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

ASUS to debut Windows 8 ultrabook with swiveling touchscreen at Computex 2012

ASUS reportedly has plans to unveil a convertible ultrabook running Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 operating system at the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan next June. DigiTimes’s anonymous industry sources claim that the super-slim notebook computer will feature a swiveling touchscreen display, allowing the computer to be used like a standard laptop or like a tablet. No other details are available at this time. The report claims that ASUS’s new convertible ultrabook will launch in September alongside Windows 8, though Microsoft has not yet confirmed a launch timeframe for its new operating system. More →

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MacBook tablet hybrid tipped by new Apple patent

By on November 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM.

MacBook tablet hybrid tipped by new Apple patent

A patent awarded to Apple on Wednesday points to one possible solution the company might use once it finally equips the first MacBook computer with tablet-like functionality. The unique design described in the new patent uses a clutch barrel pivoting component that serves two purposes, Patently Apple reports. First, it houses two embedded antennas that provide integrated cellular connectivity. More interestingly, however, its design allows the laptop’s display to be rotated and folded down on top of the keyboard to provide a touchscreen-only tablet configuration. Read on for more. More →

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ASUS Padfone unveiled at Computex [video]

By on May 30, 2011 at 8:45 AM.

ASUS Padfone unveiled at Computex [video]

ASUS on Monday unveiled its second convertible tablet just ahead of Computex 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. Using what ASUS calls the “n+1″ concept, which refers to taking a current product and adding a single change that allows the product to evolve beyond its current capability, ASUS sought to simplify the process of moving between a tablet and a phone. The result is a unique 10.1-inch tablet that acts as dock for a 4.3-inch Android smartphone dubbed Padfone. Similar to Motorola’s “webtop” design that allows a smartphone to be docked in a laptop, ASUS’ Padfone smartphone powers the tablet when it is docked. All of the data stored on the smartphone is accessible on the tablet’s display, but the UI is tweaked and enlarged to better accomodate various functions. ASUS’ first convertible design, the Eee Pad Transformer, is in high demand in every market where it is available, and ASUS clearly hopes to build on that success with the Padfone. Hit the break for ASUS’ full press release and a few videos of the Padfone in action. More →

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ASUS teases new tablet to be unveiled at Computex

By on May 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

ASUS teases new tablet to be unveiled at Computex

While consumers the world over are still busy trying to get their hands on ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer, ASUS is prepping a new slate to be unveiled next week at Computex 2011. The Taiwan-based computer maker took to its Facebook page to tease what will seemingly be another unique device. “Break the rules: pad or phone?,” ponders a graphic at the top of the company’s Facebook page. ASUS also seemingly planted three teaser photos of the device on an enthusiast blog to help stir up speculation. The “pad or phone” question leads us to believe the device could be a smaller tablet, possibly in the 5 to 7-inch range, with cellular connectivity or perhaps deeply integrated VoIP functionality. Alternatively, we could possibly be looking at another convertible form factor of some kind, which may help ASUS continue to distinguish its tablet offerings from competing tablets as it did with the Transformer. ASUS will unveil the device at its press conference from Computex on May 30th. Hit the break for three teaser images posted by TechInStyle.tv. More →

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HP adds Core i5 and Core i7 to its ultraportable business laptop lineup

By on March 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM.

HP adds Core i5 and Core i7 to its ultraportable business laptop lineup

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HP upped the ante in the ultra-portable notebook category with the addition of the Core i5 and Core i7 processor to its 12 inch EliteBook models. The standard 2540p and the convertible 2740p are part of HP’s ultra-tough business lineup and meet MIL-STD 810G military-standards for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures. The EliteBook 2540p includes a 12.1-inch diagonal LED display, integrated Intel HD graphics, optional 2-megapixel webcam, SATA II hard drive up to 250GB or SSD drive up to 160GB, Integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC), 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi) with GPS, optional optical DVD drive, a generous amount of ports and slots and Windows 7 with a Windows XP downgrade option. The Elitebook 2740P is similarly configured with the addition of a touchscreen display with outdoor-view option for tablet functionality. Both EliteBook models are expected to arrive stateside next month with the EliteBook 2540p starting at $1,099  and the EliteBook 2740p starting at $1,599. More →

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