The impact of tablet devices is finally wearing out as per Acer chairman JT Wang and the return of notebooks, which had been the most affected by the advent of tablet device, is being witnessed once again. Wang claims an increase in demand for Intel’s Ultrabooks and Microsoft Windows 8 as proof of a return to the notebook days.
An Ultrabook with a tagged price of US $799 is going to be launched by Acer in September. Acer, as per Mr. Wang had conducted survey and established that people want the Ultrabooks.
Wang’s prediction has been voted for by other PC makers also who opine that the main difference between tablet devices and the notebooks are the end use of the two. While the tablet devices are mainly and quite restricted for entertainment purpose alone the notebooks are more infotainment oriented with tools available on the system to help provide an impetus to the learning process as well. They have predicted a saturation level being reached at as far as interest for tablet devices go.
It is not only Acer and Asutek Computer that plans to come out with the Ultrabooks in September. Joining the bandwagon would be Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard (HP) who would all be coming up with their own version of an ultrabook in the last quarter of 2011 or first quarter of 2012. In conjunction with the making of the Ultrabooks, companies in Taiwan who specialize in manufacturing components such as batteries, chassis and hinges that go into the making of Ultrabooks have already started the production process with shipments expected to start off in last quarter of this year.
Jim Wang has also added that the percentage of notebook shipments in the form of Ultrabooks would peak in 2012 with figures of 25-35 percent. This figure coincides with what Intel had predicted by saying that they expect figures to be 40 percent in 2012.
With Windows 8 being scheduled for launch in 2012 school opening season this OS would further boost the sales of the notebooks as per Wang.