San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
San Diego — Sony rolled out its spring computer line, which includes Ultrabooks, Vaio Fit ultra-thin laptops, and upgraded tabletop and all-in-one PCs.
The higher-end Fit 14 and Fit 15 and more mainstream Fit E 14 and Fit E 15 laptops fall into Sony’s slim and light product categories. All are equipped with touchscreens.
The Fit models have Sony’s Vaio logo rendered in diamond cut on the casing and come in Steel Black, Steel Pink and Steel Silver, while the Fit E will come in black, pink and white.
New York — Toshiba today unveiled a new premium brand called Kira that is part of the company’s move to present a higher-profile image to consumers.
The first Kira product to be rolled out is a three-SKU line of 13-inch Ultrabooks dubbed Kirabooks. These will have prices starting at $1,599 and will join Toshiba’s Satellite- and Portege-branded models. The Ultrabooks are only the initial Kira products. The company plans to roll out additional models in not only the computer, but also in other product categories.
Santa Clara, Calif. — The mature notebook PC category is expected to get a boost from the popularity of Microsoft Windows 8 and the touchscreen capabilities it offers, according to a new NPD DisplaySearch report.
The penetration of touchscreens in notebook PCs was less than 3 percent in 2012, but is expected to grow to more than 12 percent in 2013. This compares with touchscreen penetration of 77 percent in mobile phones and 100 percent in tablet PCs.
El Segundo, Calif. — Few CE products have experienced the dramatic rise and equally impressive fall as the netbook.
IHS iSuppli is forecasting that only 3.9 million units will ship this year, down from 14.1 million in 2012 and 32.1 million during the height of their popularity in 2010.
Only 264,000 netbooks will ship next year, and the category is expected to disappear entirely by 2015.
Once again the category-killer tablet is taking the blame. IHS noted that netbook shipments began declining after 2010, when the iPad was first introduced.
New York — Samsung Electronics America today started shipping its Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook.
The Series 9 is a 13.3-inch model shipping with a $1,399 suggested retail.
The model has a FullHD display with 1,920 by 1,080 resolution. It runs an Intel Core i7 2GHz processor, with 4GB of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive. The Ultrabook also has Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 1.3-megapixel camera, and it weighs 2.56 pounds.
Samsung stated the laptop will last almost six hours on a single charge.
Santa Clara, Calif. – The Ultrabook and ultra-thin notebook categories are being hindered by a lack of ultra-slim and touch-capable panels, according to an NPD DisplaySearch report.
Richard Shim, a senior analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, said design demands for the super-thin panels tied to unproven consumer desires for touch on notebooks is forcing panel makers to shy away from manufacturing large amounts of this specialized glass. Instead these factories are maintaining their focus on creating touchscreens for the tablet and smartphone markets.
Palo Alto, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard today released its first Chromebook, the Pavilion 14.
The Pavilion 14 has a 14-inch display and a 16GB solid-state drive. It runs on an Intel Celeron processor with Intel HD graphics and can take up to 4GB of memory.
Other features include a webcam and HDMI, USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports. It also comes with two years of 100GB of free Google Drive storage.
The Pavilion 14 is available starting today from HPdirect.com for $329.
Las Vegas – Samsung Electronics rolled out its International CES offerings early introducing today two new Ultrabooks.
The new devices, the Chronos and Ultra, are part of the Samsung Series 7 family.
The Ultra is a super-slim model featuring a 13.3-inch Full HD display. There is also an option to add a 10-point multi-touch to the Ultra. The device weighs 3.6 pounds and has a bare metal finish.
New York — Custom computer creator Maingear recently added the Nomad 15 gaming computer to the market.
The Nomad 15 is available with several storage and memory options and is specifically geared toward games requiring the latest mobile hardware.
This 15-inch gaming laptop supports third-generation Intel quad-core processors up to 3.8GHz. It has a solid-state-drive caching option for the hard-disk-drive storage for faster boot-up.