Ultrabook shipments below 50K to test field
The first batch of ultrabooks attempting to take on the MacBook Air might be produced with intentionally low production numbers to test the market, notebook industry insiders purported late Monday. Systems like the Acer Aspire S3, Lenovo IdeaPad U300s, and Toshiba Portege Z830 may all ship in early production runs under 50,000. The move Digitimes understood would be for "testing the water" to see if a market exists for non-Mac versions of the ultraportables.
Acer TimelineX 2011 redesign hits US shores
Acer early this morning brought its 2011 TimelineX redesign to the US. The newer versions keep the minimalist, lightweight designs from other countries as well as their upgrades to Sandy Bridge-era, low-power Core i3 and i5 chips, although the Core i7 is absent. Higher-end and mostly larger systems come with either GeForce GT 520M or 540M dedicated video to push gaming while keeping battery life intact using Optimus switching, at up to eight hours when the faster video is in place.
Acer TimelineX shown with Ethos design cues
Acer took its opportunity at CeBIT to show a complete redesign of its ultrathin notebook line, the TimelineX. The 13.3-inch 3830T and 14-inch 4830T both have a more upscale, part-metal design borrowed from the Ethos, extending to the new 'chiclet' key layout and the more reliable barrel hinge. Both systems will be unusually aggressive in performance: either will make the expected shift to 2011 Core processors but will use a fast GeForce GT 540M with 2GB of video memory.
ATT gives free Acer notebook with WP7 phones
AT&T on Friday started up another Windows Phone 7 promo in hopes of driving sales of Microsoft's mobile OS. Those who buy either an LG Quantum or a Samsung Focus will get an Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830 for free. The 11.6-inch system comes in its base spec with a 1.2GHz Core i3 and Windows 7 Home Premium.
We review the 11-inch MacBook Air
When questioned about netbooks, Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook said the company had "a couple of interesting ideas" about tackling a segment that has focused on bargains over speed. We've now seen what was meant by the plurality in that statement: after the iPad, we now have the 11-inch MacBook Air, the smallest Mac ever. But is this Air providing a better direction, or is it simply the closest Apple will ever get to a netbook or a CULV notebook? Our MacBook Air review finds out.
Acer brings 1.46GHz Core i7 to 11.6-inch notebook
Acer on Monday upgraded its lineup of Aspire TimelineX notebooks with Intel's latest Core-series CPUs. The new 11.6-inch 1830T range-topper has a 1.46GHz Core i7 680UM, while the 13.3-inch 3820T, 14-inch 4820T and the 15.6-inch 5820T get the newest Core i3 and Core i5 processors. The Core i7-equipped 1830T also gets Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive for a starting price of $900.
ATT offers PAYG data, new Acer and Dell 3G systems
AT&T's mobile data plans expanded today with its first options for prepaid data. The DataConnect Pass gives those with built-in 3G in a notebook the option of paying for just a short stint of data without having to commit to a contract. Its rates carry a premium for the freedom at $15 for 100MB of data over the course of a day, $30 for a week pass with 300MB of data and a full month with 1GB for $50.
Acer designer notebooks come Stateside
Acer today brought its 2010 high-end notebook designs to the US. The 18.4-inch Aspire 8943G carries the PC builder's new Ethos look with a minimal aluminum shell, a chiclet keyboard and a display panel that runs edge-to-edge. As a desktop replacement, it has five speakers plus a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive turns it into a home theater.
Intel prepping many new mobile chips in 2010
Intel is about to launch a sweeping set of notebook processor upgrades, according to a slew of official information. A roadmap from the company has an ultra-low voltage (ULV) Core i3 in the works along with new ULV Core i5s. The chips' specs or pricing aren't known, but they would be inexpensive enough to count as part of Intel's CULV family and could replace the Core 2 Duo in the ultraportable yet cheap category, where prices often dip below $800. They will all be built on the same 32nm process as their full-power counterparts and will share the graphics built into the chip package.
Acer TimelineX 1830T shows up on German website
The leaked Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T notebook received official specs thanks to a German product page. The 11.6-inch computer will get a resolution of 1366x768 and ship with a 1.06GHz ultra-low voltage Core i5 processor. The device will also get an optional Intel Core i3 CPU.
Intel to delay next CULV chips due to poor demand
Intel, urged by Acer's halt of production of its ultra-thin notebooks, has delayed launching new ultra-thin notebook processors until the summer, according to unnamed industry sources speaking in a Friday DigiTimes report. Acer will instead focus on building Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 TimelineX ultraportables. Intel may delay the CULV processors even further depending on market demand come summertime, the same sources added.
Acer, other majors squeezing Intel CPU supply
Intel may be facing a chronic shortage of its primary mobile processors, some in the notebook business said this morning. Acer is said to have been enthusiastic enough about expected demand that it has ordered large batches of Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, creating problems for others that want the same parts. The orders are such that DigiTimes has heard Intel is prioritizing "major clients" and leaving many mid-size or smaller PC builders with significant wait times to get their own orders.
Acer TimelineX notebooks on US website briefly
Acer USA has already put up product pages for its TimelineX notebooks early, though has since pulled them again. The early look has nonetheless provided specs for the mobile computers, which include the 11.6-inch 1830T leaked yesterday, the 13.3-inch 3820T, 14-inch 4820T and 15.6-inch 5820T. It seems that the 1830T will not, as reported earlier, be offered with a Core i5 chip, but will instead make do with a Core 2 Solo.