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
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.