THREE DE­VICES, A COM­MON FU­TURE

At the mo­ment, the fu­ture of the smart­phone, tablet and Ul­tra­book seem in­ter­twined, with Win­dows 8 be­ing the thread that brings them closer. In the Win­dows 8 en­vi­ron­ment, all these de­vices can work on the same OS and this will bring in as­pects of con­verge

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Ul­tra­book

Soon, Ul­tra­books will start com­ing with touch­screens and will have magic track­pads to make best use of the new Win­dows 8 oper­at­ing sys­tem from Mi­crosoft. While these de­vices will twist and turn so that the screen comes closer to the user, some of them will even be able to trans­form them­selves into tablets by de­tach­ing the key­board.

As dis­played at Com­pu­tex ear­lier this year, they will also sport face-track­ing and eye-track­ing fea­tures along with voice recog­ni­tion. The other area where they evolve could be in se­cu­rity with sen­sors and bio­met­ric fea­tures expected to be added to top end mod­els.

See­ing the re­cent trend among Ul­tra­books to be­come fat­ter, it re­mains to be seen if new records are set in the sizezero seg­ment. The next big leap in the size race will be to see an Ul­tra­book with a thick­est point of un­der half an inch – the Acer As­pire S5 has a max­i­mum thick­ness of 0.59 inches while the Sam­sung Se­ries 9 is ex­actly .5 inches, though the lat­ter doesn’t like be­ing called an Ul­tra­book.

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