With Computex 2013, one of the world’s largest IT and technology fairs set to begin on June 4 in Taipei, technocrats everywhere are preparing for an onslaught of new devices and upgrades. ET decodes the buzz around upcoming announcements
WINDOWS 8 MAKES IT WAY TO SMALLER DEVICES
Computex 2013 This will be the smallest tablet device with the full version of Windows 8. The usual Based solely on teaser videos and rumours, we expect that Asus will possibly announce an 8-inch ‘transformer’ tablet – a tablet-style device with built in QWERTY keyboard that slides or swivels out. This will be the smallest tablet device with the full version of Windows 8. The usual iOS and Android tablets are often called ‘consumption’ devices but if this product is real, it will enable full computer functionality in a tablet that can be held in one hand.
NEW TOUCHSCREEN AND INTERFACE ADVANCEMENTS
Touchscreens which work with gloves and pens already exist, but it’s time for the next big leap in touchscreen technology. Several new proof of concept designs are expected at Computex, including but not limited to transparent touchscreens (which can be used in shop windows, airports, hospitals for instance), smart touchscreens (that recognise the type/size of input) and new developments in air touch/mid-air gesture control
THE NEXT WAVE OF VIDEO
What comes next after full HD? While 4k TVs & projectors already exist, computing devices and content is still catching up. Computex will be the ideal platform to showcase all the latest 4k-capable hardware including laptops, tablets and other TVconnected devices. Also expected are new tablets and Ultrabooks with ultra-high resolution displays that match or even surpass the Retina-class displays in certain Apple products.
INTEL’S 4TH-GENERATION PROCESSORS
Intel will be launching the 4th generation Core processor, codenamed Haswell. The new processors will reportedly allow for a unique new feature called three monitor collage (a single laptop being able to power two additional screens apart from its own, with the image stretched across all three screens). A large leap in graphics performance is also promised, which means high-resolution gaming on Ultrabooks could be a reality.
Apart from category announcements, we might see Microsoft announcing a big upgrade to Windows 8 (possibly Window 8.1 or 8.5). The main improvements we expect are touchscreen enhancements, the reintroduction of the Start button and several performance/interface tweaks. There will also be a large variety of new smartphones, tablets, personal audio products, cameras and accessories.