THE FU­TURE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - ULTRA BOOKS -

In the com­ing months you will hear a lot about Ul­tra­books as com­pa­nies start fo­cus­ing on this new seg­ment. While now you have just a hand­ful of de­vices to choose from, we are pretty sure that things will be much dif­fer­ent by June. As far as tech­nol­ogy goes, Ul­tra­books are likely to be­come larger by break­ing the 13-inch ceil­ing. Since the smaller size is putting off many buy­ers, In­tel, as well as the man­u­fac­tur­ers, will try to bring in 14-inch and 15-inch op­tions. You could also see touch be­ing in­cor­po­rated in fu­ture mod­els. In fact, at the re­cently con­cluded Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES) in Las Ve­gas, In­tel show­cased pro­to­types ca­pa­ble of han­dling touch. Once Win­dows 8 is launched, you will see touch be­com­ing a ne­ces­sity in­stead of a lux­ury in mo­bile com­put­ing de­vices. There will also be a push to bring down prices fur­ther so that the new seg­ment cap­tures around 40 per cent of the mar­ket by the end of this year. An­other path in which Ul­tra­books could evolve was also on show at the CES in the form of the Len­ovo Yoga. This Ul­tra­book hopes to end all con­fu­sion for peo­ple who can’t choose be­tween a lap­top and tablet. Yes, the Yoga is a Ul­tra­book which be able to con­tort it­self to be­come a tablet. The key­pad of the unit can be folded back­wards so that the screen be­comes the pri­mary in­ter­face. But Len­ovo is un­likely to bring the prod­uct to the mar­ket be­fore the Win­dows 8 launch, as the Yoga will make sense only if it runs an OS which is meant to respond to touch.

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