Since its appearance, laptops have played a significant role in improving our daily life. For many years, laptops have been enhanced continuously to deliver better features and greater performance. They are still improving and now much faster. With our daily life evolving towards greater mobility and flexibility, we are expecting laptops to replace desktops. Despite being lightweight, laptops produced in recent years can also be used for resource-intensive tasks, including graphics rendering and 3D gaming. Many latest notebooks already have many things found on desktops, such as fast processors, powerful dedicated graphics cards, DVD drive and large display.
Netbooks have been designated as small, lightweight laptops. But as of 2012, these tiny laptops are being superseded by hybrid tablets and expected to disappear almost entirely. Smallest laptops available in 2013 would have 11.6” display with thin chassis design. Various manufacturers have been preparing to release new laptops in 2013, which hopefully can reverse the eroded market share due to the arrival of hybrid tablets.
New Macbooks in 2013
As it stands, we can hardly call Apple’s current laptops as bulky, including the MacBook Air with its darn thin design. However, some loyal Macbook users still think that Apple could still trim a bit more fat off their laptops. DigiTimes previously reported that Apple may be working to make their laptops even thinner and lighter. New light guides to be used on upcoming MacBook Air models could eventually make 2013 models of MacBook Air 0.15mm thinner.
For typical laptops, such a reduction wouldn’t be easily noticeable but this would help to eliminate residual marks on the display, caused by the keyboard. In any case, reduced thickness would also lead to overall reduction in weight.
It’s also reported that the 13-inch MackBook Pro models released in 2013 will feature Retina Display capability. Thinner design would present a challenge for Apple’s design team as they need to use smaller components without sacrificing performance and battery life. Retina Display would drain more power and this may necessitate battery with larger capacity.
Acer’s New laptops in 2013
Acer has revealed that its 2013 laptop models would be equipped with touchscreen display and Windows 8. However, Jim Wong, Acer’s President said that touchscreen ultrabooks aimed for enterprise users would arrive until late 2013. Acer may continue to release new TravelMate laptops in 2013, which is equipped a series of security features. Ultrabook with touchscreen display will be called Aspire S7 and it could be priced similarly to Acer’s high-end ultrabooks released earlier this year.
Google’s New laptop in 2013
According to sources in Asia, Google is preparing to follow its rivals and launch an own-branded laptop with 12.85” display and Chrome OS in Q1 2013. Wintek would handle the OEM and Compal Electronics would work on the touch panel production. Initial shipments of components may have commenced in November to allow intact units to be released early next year. Google may also plan to use the optical lamination technique, also used to build new iMacs and recent high-end smartphones. Deeper integrations between cover glass and touch sensor on the display would make Google’s new laptop looks really slim. Previously, Google has partnered with Acer and Samsung for the development and release of Chromebooks, a low-cost laptop model which is aimed for small business, schools and home uses. The laptop doesn’t feature touch display and it is intended to foster ideas on encouraging people to move to cloud-based services easily and cheaply. The Chrome OS itself isn’t a new thing in the tech industry and we have heard about it in 2009.
Microsoft is leading the way with laptop/desktop OS optimized for touch operations, the Windows 8. There’s a possibility that Google may be looking to shave profit immensely to make its upcoming laptop very affordable. Such a strategy has been implemented successfully by Amazon with its Kindle Fire tablet series and by Google with its Nexus 7 tablet. If Google can repeat the success, Chrome OS could become a new strong contender in the laptop market. Google’s laptop is also expected to deliver tight integration with any Android device in the market further enhancing its value and versatility.