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CES 2012 could hold as many as 50 Ultrabook models

Expect many more Ultrabook options to come by next year, possibly with Haswell cores and NFC technology

A huge influx of Ultrabooks could be coming our way by next year, much larger than initially expected.

According to, CES director of research Shawn DuBravac claims that as many as “30 to 50 new Ultrabooks” will make an appearance at CES 2012. This is compared to the present day, where only a handful of manufacturers have released Ultrabooks thus far. This includes Acer and Asus with Toshiba and HP still to come within the next few weeks.

Exactly what manufacturers will be involved is anyone’s guess, but a Sony Ultrabook could make its debut if previous reports prove to be correct. Hopefully these new notebooks will also carry Intel Ivy Bridge cores, which were also on display at the IDF 2011 earlier this year.

Ultrabooks aren’t going to be the star of the show, however, as DuBravac still expects well over 100 new tablets on display for the upcoming expo.

The Ultrabook concept was initially introduced by Intel as a direct competitor to the MacBook Air. The ultrathin design, Sandy Bridge CPUs, SSDs and better than average battery lives for under $1000 are expected to give Ultrabooks the advantage over the super-thin Apple.

See our full reviews of the Acer Aspire S3Asus UX21 and UX31 for more information on the Ultrabooks released thus far.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)