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Intel Prototypes World's Thinnest Laptop

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the guys-wouldn't-be-caught-dead dept.

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aalobode sends us to an article up at BusinessWeek about Intel's design for a new, ultra-thin laptop — almost as thin as a Razr — designed as a fashion accessory. Intel hopes to get the high end of the laptop market growing faster, and so they are particularly targeting female consumers with the new model. It's unlikely that all of the advanced features in this prototype will make it into products, and if they did the resulting laptops would command a daunting price. One feature we can hope makes the cut is built-in cellular Internet access. From the article: "The result, code-named Intel mobile Metro notebook, is less than 0.7 inches thick — about one-quarter of an inch thicker than Motorola's iconic cell phone, making it the world's thinnest notebook. And at 2.25 pounds, it's also one of the lightest small-sized portable computers. Other features include always-on Internet connectivity via various wireless technologies."

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Photos (4, Informative)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255249)

photos of the new laptop [reghardware.co.uk]

Re:Photos (4, Insightful)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255401)

Setting a tiny notebook against a tiny Asian woman kind of negates the 'WOW factor' of such a slim notebook. I would have suggested having Ving Rhames hold it, but that's just me.

Re:Photos (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255535)

Yeah, doesn't really capture the scale. I bought one of these, but I set it down at the wrong angle and now I can't find it...

Re:Photos (5, Insightful)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256719)

They're making a big mistake if they market it too hard toward women.

You really don't have to try that hard, chicks love laptops, and if it's thin, light, and looks decent, they'll snap them up by the dozen. The problem is, there's plenty of dudes out there that won't be able to handle that it's marketed toward women--never mind the 2 1/4lb weight, built-in bluetooth + wi-max + 802.11 + EVDO, and 14-hour battery life--if you buy it, you're gay.

Of course, the only thing they'd have to change is make another cover for it that looks like a wallet instead of a purse and not mention that it's "for women" (what, does it latch on the right or something? keyboard designed for a longer index finger? breast rests?) and they could sell to everyone. Then again, I imagine it'll end up like the Mustang.

Re:Photos (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256897)

That and its with while a technical achevemet isn't much in the wow field for people. A MacBook Pro is 1" thick and this is .7" Thick. While I am sure it is really tough to get it down to that size it doesn't seem ultra thin. Espectilly comparing an open Laptop to a closed Rasor. The MacBook Pro Open is as thick as a samsung sync closed. While it is thinner not much a wow that is thing. Unless you work normally with Dells.

Reminds me.. (2, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255919)

Reminds me of when I bought my ultra slim Sony Vaio laptop, with a Pentium 300MHz processor. I thought it was pretty cool. Eventually I grew tired of waiting for it to boot up, load programs, do anything. Maybe if it comes with a tight Linux distro.

Attention (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255257)

I declare this a TripMaster Monkey-free zone. By Gott in Himmel, you better fucking stay out of this story's threads or else!!!

Re:Attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255935)

Or else what?

Re:Attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19256163)

Or else what?

Or else I'll install Windoze Vista on my boxen.

finally ! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255269)

something with less girth than me ! I no longer feel inadequate.

14 HOURS! (5, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255289)

Being super slim is a nice feature in of itself, but then I saw this (emphasis mine):

Using flash memory in place of the standard hard-disk drive, Ziba and Intel have managed to make this laptop just 0.7 inches thick. The use of flash resulted in a side benefit: the laptop consumes less power and offers up to 14 hours of battery life. At 2.25 pounds, it's also among the lightest notebooks around.

WOW. Can you imagine having a laptop with 14 hours of battery life? You could pretty much work on it all day, then charge it while you're sleeping at night. Assuming, of course, that the figures aren't overinflated estimations. Still...

One thing I'm disappointed by is the lack of any sort of specs. (Or am I just blind?) What kind of processor, how much memory, how much flash disk, and what kind of graphics card this thing has are all factors that would figure into purchasing this or not. For my own needs, I think the size of the flashdisk would be the biggest factor.

I'm not so keen on the purse idea. While it might appeal to some women, I have a suspicion that it would be at risk of theft at all times. Better to use a more nondescript bag than a fancy cover with an external screen that shouts, "Steal me! I'm expensive!"

Re:14 HOURS! (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255809)

I'd buy it if it even had half that battery life. I've seen too many laptops who's battery life is 3 hours. That's when it ships. after 6-12 months of usage they drop to 2-2.5 hours. Try getting through a 3 hour lecture with that. I used to laugh at the kids in university who would scramble for a seat near a power outlet just so they could make it through the lecture without their battery dying. I'd rather just use a pen and paper at that point. Myself I used a palm pilot with a folding keyboard. That thing had great battery life.

Re:14 HOURS! (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255859)

I wonder if that's because of the e-ink display. A display that uses the ambient light rather than requiring a back light can save a lot of power.

But (at least in the present state of technology) it's probably a crummy video game machine. (In fact, as far as I'm aware, that technology doesn't yet refresh fast enough to play movies properly.)

Re:14 HOURS! (2, Informative)

mhall119 (1035984) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256063)

Only the optional "folio" cover uses eInk, the main screen would be a more or less typical laptop screen, though the screen itself extends to the edge of the laptop, there is no plastic "frame" around it like most laptops have.

Re:14 HOURS! (1)

IAstudent (919232) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255895)

It sounds like a lot of battery life, but that's where the "always-on" internet connectivity feature concerns me. Ignoring security concerns, wouldn't having the wifi/cellular signals on all the time reduce battery life? If 14 hours is the life in always-on mode, then maybe battery life won't be that much of a concern. I'd still like to see a way to manually turn wifi on/off on the unit, though.

"Fashion Accessory" (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256655)

I'm not so keen on the purse idea. While it might appeal to some women, I have a suspicion that it would be at risk of theft at all times. Better to use a more nondescript bag than a fancy cover with an external screen that shouts, "Steal me! I'm expensive!"


The summary states that it was designed as a fashion accessory. Do you know what 'fashion accessory' means? It means something a woman wears that shouts, "Steal me! I'm expensive!" Just ask my wife.

...and of course (3, Funny)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255301)

they'll release a new model soon that will cost $200 more just because its pink.

Re:...and of course (5, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255675)

I am not paying $200 more just because it's pink, now OTOH if they put ponies on it..

...ummm ...ponies? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19256541)

I am not paying $200 more just because it's pink, now OTOH if they put ponies on it..
I agree, although I'd prefer mine to be preloaded with a selection of porn that features good looking human females not ponies. Are you from the Shetlands by any chance?

Neat (3, Insightful)

tsa (15680) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255385)

That is a beautiful laptop. And apart from the Macs, there aren't many beautiful laptops out there IMO. If I were Intel I would lose the screen on the outside. Though it raises the WOW factor a whole lot, it's not practical when traveling, especially if you carry the laptop around like it's a purse as shown on the first picture.

Re:Neat (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255555)

That is a beautiful laptop.

It's "beautiful" if you like wearing what appears to be a woman's handbag over your shoulder. I don't care for the way it looks at all. I want something that 2.25 lbs and connects to wireless networks that doesn't make me look like I'm utilizing a fashion accessory.

Perhaps they should just sell it like every other laptop except tout its ~14 hour battery life, weight, and thickness.

The unit's primarily designed for entirely wireless communications with reconfigurable antennae able to switch between the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and WiMAX links the laptop's envisaged to maintain.

WiMAX? What about E/GPRS? That would encompass a lot more coverage area than the ill-fated WiMAX.

Re:Neat (1)

ptbarnett (159784) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255599)

What about E/GPRS? That would encompass a lot more coverage area than the ill-fated WiMAX.

Does anyone bother to RTFA?

This model's embedded chips let users access cellular, Wi-Fi, or WiMax wireless broadband networks. (Intel is expected to release embeddable chips that access all these networks in late 2007, early 2008.)

Embedded cellular connectivity could change the way laptops are sold. In the U.S., cellular network technology varies by carrier. So PC manufacturers might have to start selling special adapter cards, such as the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards used by some carriers in Europe. Or the laptops may need to be marketed through the service provider for whose network they are designed.

Re:Neat (1)

hunterkll (949515) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256493)

GSM carriers in america use SIM cards too, you know. Unless that card in my phone isn't, then... well, what is it? :)

Re:Neat (4, Informative)

ptbarnett (159784) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255571)

If I were Intel I would lose the screen on the outside.

If you were to RTFA, you'd discover that the screen on the outside isn't actually on the laptop. It's on the folio case that wraps around the laptop.

The case also functions as the battery charger, although the contact is wireless.

Strange parallel universe (5, Funny)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255391)

Anyone else here remember when it was social suicide to even admit you knew how to turn on a computer, let alone use one? Now they come in pink, with armstraps. Somewhere along the line I have slipped into a strange parallel universe. If anyone from my homeworld can read this, please send help.

Re:Strange parallel universe (5, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255595)

My kinsman! I fear our homeworld has been destroyed. We are the last of our kind. Fear not however, as our ability to resist wedgies gives us super strength, the ability to fly, X-ray vision and assorted other super powers while on this planet. We should wear red underpants on the outside of our clothes to indicate to all the fact that we are impervious to wedgies.

Re:Strange parallel universe (4, Funny)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255621)

We should wear red underpants on the outside of our clothes

Huh? Is there any other way to wear them?

Re:Strange parallel universe (1)

bogomipz (807251) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256197)

No, nobody from your homeworld can read this, they don't even know how to turn on a computer, remember?

Re:Strange parallel universe (3, Funny)

Garabito (720521) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256235)

If anyone from my homeworld can read this, please send help

Are you sure you want to go back there?

For the ladies? (4, Funny)

robbkidd (154298) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255415)

I'll get tarted up if it means I can have one.

Re:For the ladies? (1)

tknd (979052) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256167)

When I was in lecture some years ago, there was a girl in the row in front of me with a really small bag for a "backpack". In it she had notebooks and pens/pencils. However, later in the lecture, she pulled out an ultra slim toshiba portege laptop that was literally the size of a spiral notebook. Though it was running win2k at the time, I was still impressed and immediately wished I had one.

One of the problems then with ultra portables or ultra thin laptops was the optical drive and no good form of external storage. These days everything is networked and there a tons of lightweight options for external storage (flash media). In fact, I only use the optical drive as a form of backup, not as a way of transferring data since a usb stick or a network connection is much more convenient.

So if the price is right, I'd buy one too even if it was marketed for girls.

Ergonomics (4, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255427)

Intel's design for a new, ultra-thin laptop -- almost as thin as a Razr

And just like like the Razr, the keyboard is flat. And just UNlike the Razr, you'll want to type a lot on this thing, and the flat keyboard will make it a very bad experience.

I hope the other benefits of the technology (flash drive, 14 hours online battery life), carry on to "thicker" laptops.

Re:Ergonomics (2, Insightful)

tsa (15680) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255547)

I have never come across a laptop with a good keyboard. Portability of a laptop comes at a high price. You lose a good screen, good keyboard, good video card... the list goes on. If you want an ergonomic computer, buy a desktop.

Re:Ergonomics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255627)

..or get an external keyboard.

Re:Ergonomics (1)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255855)

Nicest laptop keyboards I've ever used are on an RDI Powerlite [belgers.com] and older models of Tadpole SPARCBooks. They're actually better than most dekstop PC keyboards that I've used. Shame that my Powerlite only has a 50Mhz processor and is so heavy that your legs go numb after ten minutes of having it on your lap.

Re:Ergonomics (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256529)

I have never come across a laptop with a good keyboard. Portability of a laptop comes at a high price. You lose a good screen, good keyboard, good video card... the list goes on. If you want an ergonomic computer, buy a desktop.

You're right, but I'm not sure why things should go further downhill. Then, some other posters mentioned we could just attach external input devices.. which is also a good point I guess (but then it's less mobile).

Re:Ergonomics (2, Insightful)

AP2k (991160) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256109)

I hope the other benefits of the technology (flash drive, 14 hours online battery life), carry on to "thicker" laptops.
Naa, you can keep your flash drives. I actually like having my hard drive die in several years instead of several dozen thousand read/write cycles.

CAPTCHA: whitely

Re:Ergonomics (2, Informative)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256843)

Say you've got a Flash device that really and truly only can handle the oft-quoted 100,000 erase cycles. Quality Flash should actually be better than that these days, though some of it is apparently rather worse.

If your Flash device is "4GB" with a formatted capacity of 3900MiB, and you do nothing but write to it as fast as you can - at, say, 30MB/s - you'll still only be able to replace its entire contents every 130 seconds. At that rate, it'll take you 150 days to hit 100,000 cycles.
- Dan [dansdata.com] (corrected for spelling)

Extrapolate to 20GB, and buy some decent quality flash guaranteed for 200k write cycles, add a dash of write-balancing filesystem magic, voila, 4 years before the drive starts to fail if you are doing nothing but writing to it at high speed all day every day. I don't know many people who put that kind of load on their drives, so let's call it an even 24 years with an average of 4 hours a day of full speed writing. So, what was that about "several years"?

Re:Ergonomics (1)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256893)

Ok, you like thicker laptops for the raised keyboards.

So, I take it you like BBW for shall we say... the obvious reasons?

Big deal (4, Interesting)

rindeee (530084) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255437)

A couple of years ago I had a Sharp Actius MM20 that was .62" thick vs. the .7" of Intel's latest. Granted there's more to Intel's prototype than small size, the 'ultra-thin'ness was the focus of this sub. And for the record, the RAZR V3 is .54" thick.

Re:Big deal (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255643)

The spec I read said the V3 is around .6 inches and the V3i (what I have - but I lack a micrometer or caliper) is .55 inches. Not sure about the RAZR's linux-based successor, which is coming out soon, but it's even thinner. Regardless, it's really not "almost as thin" as a RAZR; when you're talking about a phone barely over .5 inches thick, .2 inches is a very large percentage of its thickness.

Yes, but... (2, Funny)

securityfolk (906041) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255457)

Will it play World of Warcraft??

Re:Yes, but... (2, Interesting)

jandrese (485) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255995)

Since it's apparently made for Women, I'm guessing no.

More accurately, I'm betting they're using the case to dissipate heat (which is going to be tough when it's covered in pleather) so they really can't afford to stick any sort of high end graphics in there. I'm betting keeping that Core2 cool will be work enough. The 14 hour battery life is another good indication that it won't play games very well, although it looks like they managed that by not putting an optical drive on there and filling up half of the case with battery.

need more ways to spend my cash (1)

I_am_mccool (961083) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255497)

I like the idea of these... but based on how many $300+ phones I have managed to kill over the past 4 years I think these really expensive tech items are going to stay in the fashion accessory type market. Unless they can be made more durable and modular for upgrades / repairs.

Re:need more ways to spend my cash (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256413)

Since you seem to keep buying them, exactly why would they change?

Quote from the article... (1)

Starker_Kull (896770) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255501)

'...but people familiar with the matter say a PC maker will announce plans to start manufacturing the machine later this year.'

Apple makes PCs, right?

Seriously, the day someone makes a computer about the size and weight of a real notebook will be great. Most of the computer notebooks that are in the comfortable reading range (12" screens plus) are just a little too heavy (3.5 lbs. plus). It doesn't sound like much, but when you carry it around all day, along with the rest of the crap required in modern life, it adds up.

Re:Quote from the article... (1)

Chirs (87576) | more than 6 years ago | (#19257065)

Just curious what you consider "the rest of the crap required in modern life"?

I carry my keys and my wallet. Maybe a pen. No phone, no pda, no laptop. My watch died last year and I haven't replaced it.

Oh, and I do linux kernel development for a living.

Always on Internet Connection? (2, Interesting)

DoohickeyJones (605261) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255521)

"Other features include always-on Internet connectivity via various wireless technologies." Hmmm, by automatically joining unsecured wireless access points, perhaps? Turn on your laptop, commit a felony! (According to some Michigan prosecuters, at least)

Re:Always on Internet Connection? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255683)

In order to be successfully prosecuted for a crime, the prosecution generally has to show intent. Having your laptop accidentally connect while you're passing by a store does not (or at least should not) constitute an intent to defraud internet access. In the case of the guy in Michigan, he was parking next to the store every day and deliberately using his laptop on their WiFi without patronizing the establishment. Even when that's not illegal, it is rather rude.

Re:Always on Internet Connection? (1)

contrapunctus (907549) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255937)

So if I were extending a baseball bat from a car window and didn't intend to hit a mailbox (or person), it shouldn't be a crime?
What about getting on a plane and the laptop uses a cell phone signal.

(I'm trying to be funny so please don't take this too seriously)

Re:Always on Internet Connection? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256073)

No worries. We have laws to protect against those who intend to be stupid. Holding a bat out the window of your car sounds like a recipe for involuntary manslaughter to me.

Re:Always on Internet Connection? (1)

DoohickeyJones (605261) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256085)

Yes, it (the prosecution) generally needs to show intent to commit a crime.
Clearly, the man had no intent to commit a crime.
(And here, we mentally rehash all the examples made yesterday)

If I walk in to a stranger's unlocked house, it is possible that I could be shown to have implied intent to trespass, since a reasonable person would generally know that you don't walk in to someone's home uninvited. It isn't a sure thing, though. I might argue that I thought it was the home of a friend (who happens to live next door, and who I had only been to visit once, five years ago. I just got confused.)

If I drive across somebody's private property\private road because it connects to a public road, and there isn't any signs indicating that it isn't a restricted access area, you will have a very, very difficult job showing intent.

That is essentially (in my mind) what happened here. He saw a public access point, there was no indication that it was restricted, he could easily access it in a public place...and lots of places do, indeed, have free wireless access points that absolutely anybody is welcome to use.

So how do you propose to show he had implied intent to commit an (obscure) crime?

Ah well, I was making a lame joke, not trying to resurrect a pointless arguement. Have a good day!

Re:Always on Internet Connection? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256439)

Yes, it (the prosecution) generally needs to show intent to commit a crime.
Clearly, the man had no intent to commit a crime.

He intended to use the WiFi service of a local business without patronizing that business. The law says it's illegal to use the WiFi service of a local business without patronizing that business. Therefore, he intended to commit an illegal act, even though he was unaware that it was illegal.

The fact that he was unaware of the law probably weighed on the judge's decision to go easy, but so did the fact that the guy was bumming service. Would it have killed him to go inside? Of course not, but he probably would have been thrown out if he didn't purchase anything. Thus we get back to the fact that his actions were morally questionable to begin with, and that he was probably aware of that fact.

In the case of accidental connection, there was never an intent to connect to the network at all, much less bum service. So it would be far more difficult to prove intent. (And besides, how would they track you down in the first place? The guy got caught because he was obviously helping himself to WiFi service day after day.)

Sorry for the response, but I figured it was worth clarifying. :)

FYI: Magnesium case (4, Interesting)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255533)

"Champagne-colored" or not, the use of magnesium is encouraging. The thinness is worthless if it's not sturdy enough to withstand being sat on, stepped on, jammed in a bag or purse, or even just twisted in your hands. I have never bought myself a laptop, because the real road warriors require sturdier case materials than I care to spend, but I worked with a lot of old GRiD laptops and, man, they could withstand rough handling. Not dropping -- mag will shatter -- but just about anything else users could dish out.

Re:FYI: Magnesium case (1)

Garridan (597129) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255979)

Yeah. I've got an otter box [otterbox.com] for my ~16in widescreen laptop. Together, they weight a frikkin' TON. But, it's waterproof, and protects the laptop when dropped. Which, sadly, happens a lot since the hooks on the shoulder strap are so shittily designed. However, I can jump up & down on the thing with my laptop running inside, and nothing gets hurt. Except me, if I land wrong. But that hasn't happened, yet.

Lithium-Ion battery + Magnesium Case = BOOM! (1)

Brit_in_the_USA (936704) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255997)

Am I the only person with some High School chemistry knowledge that is very worried about wearing a huge chunk of magnesium with a Lithium-Ion detonator^W battery attached to it....

Re:Lithium-Ion battery + Magnesium Case = BOOM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19256519)

Am I the only person with some High School chemistry knowledge that is very worried about wearing a huge chunk of magnesium with a Lithium-Ion detonator^W battery attached to it....
Not all magnesium burns as nicely as the stuff your teacher probably did the demonstration on. For example, http://www.simson.net/hacks/cubefire.html [slashdot.org]">here some people try to set fire to the iconic NeXT Cube, without much success.

Re:Lithium-Ion battery + Magnesium Case = BOOM! (1)

Beyond_GoodandEvil (769135) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256609)

Am I the only person with some High School chemistry knowledge that is very worried about wearing a huge chunk of magnesium with a Lithium-Ion detonator^W battery attached to it....

Probably since this is most likely a magnesium alloy, thus no more likely to oxide very exothermically than the aluminum case on your old laptop should the lithium ion battery short and catch fire.

Re:Lithium-Ion battery + Magnesium Case = BOOM! (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256617)

I think the likelihood is about the same as the lithium inadvertently acting as a mood stabilizer.

Sony already did this 10 years ago (1)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255577)

With their Vaio PCG range of laptops. Beautiful hardware. With a modern harddrive and memory maxed out they still make usable and ultraportable laptops.

getting close (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255579)

to where i'd actually use a laptop.
i still hate the keyboards too much, though.

Ultra Metro Man (3, Insightful)

simpl3x (238301) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255581)

The details look suspiciously mac like, and I would much rather have a tough shell than a screen on the outside so that I can carry it without a sleeve. I'm jitter enough thanks to my Blackberry!

One day I'm hoping for that Powerbook 2400 replacement...

Re:Ultra Metro Man (3, Funny)

s.bots (1099921) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256029)

From TFA:

Ziba hopes to see the computer sold with a special protective folio that, at first glance, looks like a fashionable cover for a personal diary. The folio, which clings to the laptop with embedded magnets, is equipped with contacts that connect the laptop to an external digital screen.
The screen is on the case. You can still get a "manly" tough ass case or build your own out of the skulls of your foes.

Thinkpad (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255775)

I'll stick with my Thinkpad X60s, thanks. Right around 8 hours of battery with the extended life battery (running Linux), a 12.1" display, about an inch thick, and just over 3 pounds.

Interesting (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255811)

Apple rumors are pointing to an ultra-portable Macbook with flash memory instead of a hard drive and an LED backlit display that was to have an insane profile. Looks like a peek into the next generation of hardware from not just Wintels but Macs as well from a concept standpoint.

Sexy as hell, but I'd like to see specs and of course - ultra thin screens aren't my thing in the real-world. One trip through the airport and CRACK. Anyone remember the first generation of titanium Powerbooks? Yeek!

My (black - non-pro) Macbook at least gives me some confidence that if some gorrilla at the Xray machine plops something on my bin I'll have a computer that still works when it comes though the other side.

So where (1)

Demona (7994) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255833)

are the affordable (not necessarily 'cheap') laptops, using LinuxBIOS [linuxbios.org] to boot minimal X (in under 10 seconds) that can login over the network, using no local hard drive or flash drive (of course you can always add those), with CPU's that don't run hot enough to cook your sperm, with a battery life actually measured in days instead of pitiful hours?

Re:So where (1)

Anonymous McCartneyf (1037584) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256095)

Those laptops are all headed to "developing" countries.
If you hadn't specified Linux, I'd also consider citing Toys 'R' Us for its educational selection.

Careful.. (1)

sqldr (838964) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255857)

You'll turn my ultra un-cool alienware bulimic. All this "size zero" is unrealistic and degrading to more average sized laptops.

myo3 up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19255929)

FrreBSD at about 80 for the record, I Are about 7000/5 of programming

Laptop == Cellphone (1)

boylinux (775361) | more than 6 years ago | (#19255981)

Small end laptops and high end cellphones are starting to look an awful lot like fraternal twins nowdays.

Targetted a PC-version of the RAZR... (1)

jojoba_oil (1071932) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256041)

Well it seems they hit their mark, dead-on even. It's slim, it's hip... Hell, you even wear it at your hip when not using it -- just like the RAZR. I must admit that even I am interested in this; and I'm typically one to avoid/crack-jokes-at PC rice-rocketeering. (Your PC has a window with a blue glow? Does that add 5~10 horsepower?!)

However, this thing does not look durable in the slightest. Granted I treat my stuff with respect, but the typical American PC user gets real careless real fast. Not to mention that the cousin RAZR has enough reliability issues without being abused. Here's for hoping that this Metro PC doesn't inherit the RAZR issues -- Cheers!

Re:Targetted a PC-version of the RAZR... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19256775)

I get an extra 200MHz, thank you very much.

High-End meand High-End (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256183)

Why would you leave great features out of a high-end product? I thought the whole idea of high-end was that you got all the good stuff with it.

For the resto of us: (1)

Psicopatico (1005433) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256263)

[...]is less than 0.7 inches thick[...]
That's 17.78 millimeters.

And at 2.25 pounds[...]
That's 1.020 grams.

Best munchies for coding... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19256305)

Oh crap, I've just bitten into my laptop!

Yum, salsa...

Don't Panic! (1)

morlock_man (884105) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256539)

This is starting to get closer to a real "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" kind of technology.

I'm waiting for them to redesign it as a proper book before I get too interested.

I've been noticing this for a while (1, Redundant)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256687)

I've been noticing for a few years now that laptops are in high demand, often by people who don't seem to have a really great reason for wanting them. It seems that a lot of the demand has to do with people wanting something that looks cool and will allow them to show off in coffeeshops.

And it seems like the manufacturers realize this, and are playing to it.

The biggest problem with laptops is proprietary parts. There are many people who have broken their power supply, battery, screen, keypad etc. and desperately want a new one. But because these parts are proprietary, its often hard to find the right one. Companies should be introducing more standardization in laptop parts now.

But instead, they are probably just going to decide on ways to make them MORE fashionable. Which I am sure will run them well in the shortrun, but fashions change. What are these companies going to do in a few years when laptops are no longer quite so hot, and people are more used to them, and more critical, and ask more questions about durability?

Keyboard (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 6 years ago | (#19256837)

Making a laptop thinner is good so long as the keyboard doesn't suffer. Laptop keyboards can be flimsy enough as it is.
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