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World+Dog will next year be after ultra-skinny laptops running Windows 8.

So says Simon Lin, chairman of Wistron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer specialising in notebooks.

The slimline MacBook Air-style machines - dubbed by Intel "ultrabooks" - will be a key growth driver in 2012, Lin said during a chat with DigiTimes.

They will account for 10-20 per cent of laptop sales during 2012 - if Wistron's output is typical.

Laptop makers are, of course, desperate for novelty now that there's no longer the buzz around netbooks that there once was, and most folk have a standard-size machine.

Will super-skinny laptops be the big thing in 2012? Let us know what you think. ®

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