Acer might be thinking of ARM Ultrabooks
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Acer might be planning to release a few ARM-powered Ultrabooks (new replacement term for netbooks by Intel that are supposed to be competitors to the Macbook Air series) later this year, and if it is true – could be one of the first one to do so. Asus has already announced plans of a 13.3” Ultrabook with Chrome OS or Android by the end of 2011. HP is another company to announce such plans.
All these laptops could be running NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra 3 platform. The Tegra 3 platform models aimed at Tablets could contain as many as four cores running at up to 1.5GHz of clock speed – revealed by a Tegra roadmap leak. They are expected to be accompanied by graphics cards up to 3 times faster than the current ones. Moving even closer to insanity, there could be Blu-ray support and ultra-high resolution panels of the scale of up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. Now you can comprehend the potential these laptops will carry – or could there be another Tegra 3 model specifically for the Ultrabooks? We’ll have to wait till later this year to find out.
There is one thing that does not need a wait till the end of year to comprehend – and that is the expected price. You can assume prices of these Ultrabooks to be over $1000 to start with.
Good news is, you don’t have to wait till the end of year if Tegra 3 is too expensive for you. Acer reportedly is planning to out a Tera 2 laptop next month that. Although not as powerful as its Tegra 3 counterparts, these machines will offer more options for the potential Atom-powered netbook buyers.