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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.
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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.
El Segundo, Calif. – Shoppers are not being swayed by the hype surrounding Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs, but are sticking with low-priced laptops and desktops.
Also causing sales problems for these high-end systems are the public’s infatuation with tablets and smartphones.
IHS iSuppli reported that only 6 percent of computer sales took place in the premium, $1,000 or higher, price band in 2012.
New York – Google and Samsung have introduced a new Chromebook laptop.
The device, selling for $249, is the latest in the series of Chromebooks by the two companies. It is now on pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy and PC World and will ship next week, Google said.
Like the previous model the new Chromebook is intended as a secondary computer for use around the home or an inexpensive laptop option for a student.
El Segundo, Calif. – PC shipments will fall 1.2 percent this year, according to a new forecast by IHS iSuppli.
The research firm is now predicting about 348.7 million units will ship in 2012, down from 352.8 million last year. If this holds true it will mark the first time in 11 years that shipments have decreased year over year, the company said.