At CE Week in New York, Pennsylvania-based startup Flipcase International is displaying new, patented designs for laptop and tablet cases. They look like regular shoulder bags, but can also be quickly "flipped out" in a matter of seconds, allowing you to use your device much more comfortably even as you're standing.
Archos has pulled back the curtain to reveal what's claimed to be the first touchscreen Android netbook, the ArcBook. Designed for students and mobile workers, the wallet-friendly portable workhorse features a 10-inch screen, a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex processor and a battery that promises to keep going long after the school day or shift is over.
Samsung, which along with Acer was the first to market with Chrome OS-based Chromebooks in 2011
, has announced the launch of its Chromebook 2 Series. The new machines boast faster startup times, longer battery life and an easy-to-grip lid featuring the faux leather stitched design found on the Galaxy Note 3
Lenovo has announced a new line of affordable notebook PCs that combine a thin and light construction with Intel's 3rd generation Core i3 and i5 processors. The IdeaPad S Series notebooks are designed to be an affordable alternative to high-end Ultrabooks, while offering more computing power and features than the lowly netbook.
Thanks to Google, whenever we hear someone mention Ice Cream Sandwich we automatically think of recently released tablets or smartphones. Now there's another mobile computing format to consider with the launch of Ergo Electronics' GoNote, the UK's first touchscreen Android hybrid netbook. Pitched as the perfect modern homework companion and playtime buddy for students about to return to school, the budget-friendly device features a full-size chiclet keyboard and trackpad, and also brings touchscreen functionality to the form factor. If you'd rather opt for a cheap tablet, the company has also launched a new ICS tablet called the GoTab Epic V.
is an interesting little device – it functions as a Windows laptop computer, but its screen detaches to operate as a stand-alone tablet. While Apple has no equivalent system of its own, a few companies have come out with products that come close. One of the latest is the Notebook Case for iPad, which consists of a keyboard-equipped hinged shell, that accepts an iPad 2 as its screen.
Unveiled at Computex 2011, the MeeGo Linux based ASUS Eee PC X101 is billed as world's thinnest and lightest netbook
at 17.6 mm (0.69-inches) thin and weighing 920 grams (2lbs).
The Russian branch of Samsung has officially announced the solar-powered Samsung NC215S netbook. Two hours of sunlight exposure of the unit's solar panel is said to give up to one hour of working time, with the total battery life estimated to be 14.5 hrs. There's a couple of Intel Atom CPUs to choose from, a hybrid sleep mode, and the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display is designed for use in direct sunlight. The official announcement concerns an August release in Russia only, but the NC215S is rumored to appear in the US even sooner.
Almost two years after Google first announced plans to build an operating system based on its Chrome web browser, the search giant has announced that the first Chrome OS
-based netbooks – dubbed "Chromebooks" – from Samsung and Acer are set to go on sale from next month. With no traditional HDD for local storage, the web-centric devices store all the user's apps, documents, and settings in the cloud resulting in some trimmed down devices with impressive boot up times and battery life.
While Taiwan and the UK have already seen the release of the ASUS
Eee Pad Transformer, the U.S. release has been delayed until the end of April, with supply shortages due to higher than expected demand apparently to blame. With a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS LED back-lit, capacitive multi-touch display, micro SD card slot, front- and rear-facing cameras, USB and HDMI ports, 1GB of RAM and powered by a 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the Eee Pad Transformer
, which runs Android 3.0
(Honeycomb), is seen by many as the first serious Android
challenger to the iPad