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Win 8 Touch Ultrabook Makers Flirting With Form Factors

As previously reported, notebook manufacturers plan to release Windows 8-based ultrabooks with touchscreens this year. The drawback is that the addition will not only increase the thickness by 0.7 to 1.5-cm, but also cost more to manufacture. Sources from the notebook supply chain are now claiming that vendors will launch touch-based ultrabooks in various form factors to combat this problem, or rather, use "transforming designs" which are slated for a July or August 2012 release.

The reasoning behind using different ultrabook form factors makes sense. If manufacturers simply stuck with the current clamshell design, the display panel will move when users maneuver through Windows 8 using touch. But if they strengthen the hinge's torque, the bottom part of the ultrabook could easily flip up. Thus to get the touchscreen functions to work without causing too much of a fuss, manufacturers are looking at different designs to bypass the issue.

One example we saw of this innovations was seen during CES 2012. Lenovo introduced its Yoga ultrabook sporting a 360-degree hinge (pictured). The device could pose like a standard clamshell ultrabook, be propped up like a tent, or closed shut to create a slim tablet. Other leading brand vendors like Asus and Acer are reportedly working on similar products. Lenovo's Yoga is slated to arrive on the market in the second half of 2012.

Sources claim that manufacturers won't necessarily copy Lenovo's Yoga form factor, but produce models featuring rotatable screens, converting the ultrabook into a tablet. Sliding screens, borrowing the form factor of many smartphones, only bigger, may also be one of the designs chosen to get around the hinge issue.

  • Making them like the Asus Transformer Prime. Let the user decide if they want to add the keyboard/trackpad or if they just want the tablet portion.
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  • mikenygmail
    Ultralights > Ultrabooks
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  • lahawzel
    Yay for innovation!
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  • Touch will "increase the thickness by 0.7 to 1.5-cm"?!? That can't be right. Maybe you mean mm.
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  • JeBuSBrian
    Watch out, Apple probably patented any touchscreen device that operates anything like a computer.
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  • damianrobertjones
    EnizagamMaking them like the Asus Transformer Prime. Let the user decide if they want to add the keyboard/trackpad or if they just want the tablet portion.
    You mean the HP TC1100 or Acer W500? History.. easily forgotten by people making posts
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  • mikenygmail, all of your trolling for AMD has made me not want to ever buy one again. You are hurting them more than helping them. Maybe you are really an Intel troll and you are just trying to make AMD look bad by posting such stupid crap on every article. Whatever it is, please stop before you turn everyone off to AMD.
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  • yumri
    Metric GuyTouch will "increase the thickness by 0.7 to 1.5-cm"?!? That can't be right. Maybe you mean mm.hopefully they mean mm and not cm as that thing will be very thick and not even a ultrabook / ultralight anymore if it is 1.5cm but
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  • cookoy
    fold 270º and touch; unfold 90º and type, type, type; fold 270º touch; unfold ... this is going to make me ultramad
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  • NapoleonDK
    cookoyfold 270º and touch; unfold 90º and type, type, type; fold 270º touch; unfold ... this is going to make me ultramadNot to mention the wear and tear on the hinge. XD

    I agree with most others here, give us a thin and light portable tablet with ridiculously long battery life, and pair it with a decent docking keyboard that doesn't cost an additional $200.
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