New Device Lineup for Fall 2011: Thin Is In

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 21, 2011 — Ahh, fall. That glorious time of year when summer winds down, the autumn leaves put on their annual show and the technology industry unleashes a new cascade of must-have devices for the holiday buying season.

Already hitting the shelves are new Windows-based devices that will help people connect and share from anywhere, increase productivity, advance entertainment options, and get organized. Rich HD graphics, low-voltage processors, fast boot times, long battery life, advanced connectivity options and crystal-clear audio all are on deck across a variety of computing devices this fall.

But what’s the big trend this year? Skinny. Whether producing laptops, all-in-ones, tablets or phones, Microsoft’s hardware partners are shipping super thin and light devices, which are more portable than ever. In spite of their size, these devices are still strong and durable, thanks to advanced design and materials. With the latest processors from AMD, Intel, Qualcomm and others — and the broader availability of speedy solid-state drives (SSDs) — these devices boot up in seconds, and new battery technology allows them to work all day, with up to eight hours or more on a single charge.

In the interest of showing more and telling less, check out the eye candy in the slideshow for a quick tour of the next wave of skinny, innovative devices headed our way this fall.

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