Acer Aspire S3 3 Next generation Ultrabooks expected to be on display at CES

On the subject of Ultrabooks, it looks like Intel's partners are getting ready to show off the first Ivy Bridge based models at CES which takes places on the 10th to the 13th of January next year. It also looks like some of the so far missing major notebook players will launch their first Ultrabooks around that time as well.

On the subject of Ultrabooks, it looks like Intel's partners are getting ready to show off the first Ivy Bridge based models at CES which takes places on the 10th to the 13th of January next year. It also looks like some of the so far missing major notebook players will launch their first Ultrabooks around that time as well.

Digitimes is reporting that there should be some 30 to 50 Ultrabooks on display at CES, although this sounds like a very high number considering that so far there are only a handful of models that can really be considered Ultrabooks in the market. What will be interesting to see is what HP, Samsung and Dell has to bring to the table, as technically Samsung doesn't have an Ultrabook as yet even if its Series 9 notebooks are very close, with HP and Dell being rumoured to be working on their own versions of an Ultrabook.

Most of the next generation Ultrabooks are expected to sport SSDs, not only to keep the weight down and improve the overall responsiveness of the systems, but also in part due to the short supply of hard drives at the moment. This is the single most exciting feature of Ultrabooks, as although the CPU performance is most likely good enough for most consumers, the battery life of the models launched so far has been disappointing, especially when compared to Apple's MacBook Air.

Digitimes goes on to report that Intel is expecting Ultrabooks to take up to 40 percent of the total notebook market for next year, a figure that sounds way too high in our opinion, although some more sober figures of 20-30 percent have been suggested by “market watchers” and Acer's president Jim Wong is apparently hoping for 25-30 percent of the companies notebook to be Ultrabooks. Acer is going to have to try a lot harder than its first incarnation to reach this goal, as the Aspire S3 is anything but a product that we'd aspire to buy if we were in the market for an Ultrabook.

Source: Digitimes