Industry sources told DigiTimes that Acer, Asustek and Lenovo will ship new ultra-thin laptops beginning the second quarter of 2011. These new systems promise performance and prices more competitive than Apple's MacBook Air. Pricing is expected to be under $1,000.
In the second quarter, Acer is expected to release the new generation of its Timeline notebooks outsourced to Wistron, while Asustek will continue to launch its U-series slim models focusing on 13- to 14-inch sizes which will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology, indicated the sources.
Lenovo is expected to launch new ultra-thin models under its IdeaPad lineup in the third quarter with Pegatron as its production partner, said the sources.