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Acer, Lenovo to launch tablet-cum ultrabook devices

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TAIPEI: World's largest chip maker Intel Corporation on the eve of Computex 2012 exhibition here said that about 10 tablet-cum-Ultrabook devices are expected to be launched by some of the largest PC makers on Windows 8 operating system, as soon as it gets released.

Speaking to ET at Computex 2012, Intel's director for consumer client marketing Karen Regis, said that about 10 of these designs are in the works by 'some of the usual suspects'.

Besides, touch based devices, voice based Ultrabooks are expected to be showcased at Computex 2012, one of the largest computer exhibitions in Asia.

Sources say that Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo are expected to launch the convertible form factors on Windows 8, which will give Intel-based Ultrabooks an edge. The tablet cum notebook form factors will give competition to Apple's iPad and Macbook Air simultaneously, by combining functionality of both. Taiwanese PC maker Asus has Android based EeePad on Nvidia chip, and comes with a detachable keypad.

Intel is also expected to launch about five new processors, two each based on i5 and i7, and one i3 technology at Computex 2012. "We also expect launch of about 35 new Ultrabook systems within 30 days, which will give consumers new choices," she said.

"Research shows that for lean forward experiences like content creation or emailing , people may rely on a PC. For lean back experiences like consuming content, consumers would like to use a tablet," Regis said.

Computex 2012, expects launch of many form factors on the Windows 8 platform by many players, including some LCD makers. Viewsonic, will showcase their Windows 8 and Android ICS based 22-inch LED touch monitors. The displays can be used to access internet, take orders in a restaurant or book tickets via touch.

(The writer is at Computex 2012 on invitation of Intel Corp)

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