Tonight in Korea, Samsung has confirmed the release of their new ultra-thin laptop Samsung 9 Series aiming at directly competing with Apple’s Macbook Air and staking their claim in the high end mobile computing market. This announcement comes as Apple announces their “special event” on March 2nd most likely to confirm the Apple iPad 2 release.
Originally leaked at the International Consumer Electronics show, it was originally believed to be a 13.3 inch device with an Intel Core i5 processor but was confirmed just a little while ago as an 11.6 inch device with an Intel Core i3 processor with 2GB of memory, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI output, USB and microSD ports.
We know how you Realtors love new gadgets, so hold on to your socks- this sexy device is only 0.7″ thick and weighs under three pounds with Samsung claiming it has superior battery life! It is reportedly offered at $1165 (although we have not confirmed this is the final shelf price).
The Samsung 9 Series is set to launch in Korea this month followed by Europe and the United States next month.
Many Apple competitors are stepping up their game to reclaim market share ranging from low end to high end and several devices have been announced for a 2011 release. Our research here at AGbeat shows that many real estate insiders are waiting until these devices hit the market and the proverbial chips fall before making their next electronic purchase, and this is certainly a possible contender for the real estate industry.
AG is not affiliated with Samsung.
Laptop concept could rock the entire tablet world – first look
Tech altering concept
We frequently cover technology concepts that exist in prototype or simply in concept, and we enjoy watching over the years which make it to market and which simply influence larger tech product companies like Microsoft or HP or even Apple.
The concept as show above and below is the “Split Concept” conceived of by designer Jung Dae Hoon, according to YankoDesign.com. The Split Concept is split into each component separately or they can be popped into the case to work in conjunction with each other as a laptop.
How does the Split Concept work?
Components include a tablet screen much like an iPad or RIM PlayBook and an independent keyboard as well as a mouse. One of the unique features of the Split Concept is the reading remote pen which functions much like a traditional highlighter or pen as it takes notes which we believe could help bridge the gap between traditional business people and tech savvy business people- some of us still enjoy using a pen and paper.
The pieces pop out to function separately and the case becomes a tablet stand, or they can come together like a Transformer and make one amazingly beautiful laptop.
The challenges ahead
The challenges we see for the Split Concept are few, but could be the difference between the concept altering technology or influencing it.
First, if the pieces that pop in and out of the case are too tough to take out, consumers will be frustrated and it will never make it to market. If the pieces are too flimsy and pop out at the slightest touch, say, by putting it on a table, it would also fail to hit the market. Production wise, this is a sizable challenge.
Secondly, the marketing behind it would have to appear more masculine as the above concept comes across as fairly feminine with the color choices and lucky rabbit’s foot.
Those two challenges are fairly small and the concept will either push the tablet market to be more comfortable to traditional desktop users, or the concept will be picked up by a major producer and hit shelves in another two years- which do you think it will be?
Laptop concept for users over 65 – it’s never too late
Appealing to all ages
With the rapid pace of technology innovation, we’re often looking for the faster tool, the sexier, shinier tool and are seeking out what’s next. Sometimes, it’s worth pausing or slowing down for those who are overwhelmed or confused.
We ran into a laptop concept designed for users over 65 and given the amount of Realtors who are over 65, if this made it to market, it could be a huge help for those who are still nervous about the non-self-explanatory nature of computers.
Check out the schematics below and tell us in comments how you think this could impact the older demographic in the real estate industry.
Cylindrical laptop defies tradition, could change the direction of laptop design
Flexible materials changing tradition
With the rise in popularity of tablet technologies, designers are looking to cash in on the shift away from the traditional hinged laptop. The Rolltop utilizes flexible materials (like in the Rollerphone).
The Rolltop as pictured above can act as a traditional laptop or be folded to become a full 17″ touch screen. The cylindrical center acts as a base and has a power cord, speaker, USB port and webcam.
The rear can be decorated according to user preference and features a stand for full screen use.
Would you use a Rolltop? It looks a little like a mini yoga mat, but it is an extremely creative laptop concept.
Sneak peek into the concept Rolltop:
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