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ASUS have stayed true to their word of an Ultrabook release in October, with the new Zenbook brand. Five new models will debut ranging in price from $999 to $1499. First up we have the Zenbook UX21 which is an 11.6-inch (1366x768) config, sporting 128GB of SSD and either a Core i5-2467M or Core i7-2677M whilst the Zenbook UX31 sports a 13.3-inch (1600x900) display and comes in three flavors: a Core i5-2557M model with 128GB of SSD, a similar model with the SSD pumped up to 256GB and the final model, including a Core i7-2677M.
The 11.6-inch Zenbook UX21 and 13.3-inch Zenbook UX31 weigh just 2.4 and 2.9 pounds, respectively. This os thanks to their aluminum alloy bodies, glass trackpads and all-metal keyboards. Not only that but they look absolutely gorgeous. The 11.6-inch UX21 ranges in thickness from 0.11-inch at the front, to 0.67-inch at the rear with the 13.3-inch packing more in the trunk with the same 0.11-inch front but a 0.71-inch rear.
All Zenbooks feature an instant-on feature that ASUS say will allow the Zenbook to resume from sleep in just two seconds. Battery life we have the UX21 rated for five hours of run time, sporting 7 days of standby time. The UX31 on the other hand lasts a tad longer, at seven hours of runtime or ten days standby from a single charge.
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RumorTT is back! RumorTT was taking a holiday on a Jamaican beach, sipping cocktails and sunbathing all day - because, its a boss and a ladies man. But, RumorTT is back into full swing with a pretty juicy rumor that Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks might sport 2560x1400 displays. This would be a huge gain for users who work with photographs, documents or many windows all at once. During last months IDF, there were a bunch of interesting disclosures and strategic directions unveiled, especially when it came to Intel's mobile product expansion.
What is the most interesting from that, is that 13.3-inch panels with a resolution of wait for it, 2560x1440 pixels could make their way onto Ultrabook screens by near year. Even the next-gen iPad which is rumored to have a 2048x1536 display is indeed available, but very expensive. With similar pixel density, a 2560x1400 13.3-inch screen would not be cheap, either. If we do see these super high-res panels on Ultrabooks, expect them to be expensive.
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With the Ultrabook market really starting to heat up in the laptop realm it's no surprise to hear through the grapevine that apparently Dell is also looking to jump on the Ultrabook bandwagon and produce one of its own. CNet News have said that they have been in touch with industry sources familiar with Dell's plans, and that it's looking like Dell will release its Ultrabook somewhere around the time of CES early into the New Year.
If that launch time is true, it is not likely it will run Ivy Bridge as the first Ivy Bridge ultrabooks aren't slated for release until next spring - it will more than likely pack a 17W Sandy Bridge CPU not unlike the first wave of ultrabooks gracing us this fall. However, there is also a marginal possibility that it could be a paper launch, meaning it would be an Ivy Bridge based Ultrabook coming in at a more aggressive price point, but not being launched in the flesh until the Spring of 2012.
ASUS' sexy U46SV ultra-thin laptop has been spotted in the U.S., with a pre-order listing now up over at ExcaliberPC. Having been out in Europe for a short while already, it's been quite the popular little number at its respective price point and certainly catches one's eye with its champagne-colored brushed aluminum casing.
With a price tag of $879 in the states at the aforementioned etailer, the U46SV-DH51 measures just 1.08-inches thick and is based on Intel's Huron River platform. It sports an LED-backlit display running at 1366x768 and is powered by a Core i5-2410M processor (2.3GHz) with 4GB of RAM, 640GB HDD, 3-in-1 card reader, GeForce 540M 1GB graphics, 0.3MP camera, Gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, SonicFocus audio, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI output and 8-cell battery.
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MSI have announced a new laptop which sports the second generation Intel processors as well as seeing an upgrade in its included GPU. The GT780GX sports an NVIDIA GTX 570M which has over triple the CUDA cores that the previous GX780 notebook had as well as a broader memory bus and more VRAM. In 3DMark Vantage, the GTX 570M scores double the GT 555M's performance.
MSI have also added an SSD by default, which comes in the Intel flavor as well as a storage drive in either 500 or 750GB 7200PM sizes. It also features the Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, a 17.3-inch 1600x900 or 1920x1080 display, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a 720p webcam and the usual connectivity. What pulls it away from all the other notebooks is that it sports the SteelSeries gaming-orientated keyboard, which includes LED lighting and can be set to various color schemes.
The keyboard offers tactile feedback, an ergonomic "golden triangle" gaming cluster, support for 10 simultaneous key presses and a durable design that should sustain a few rages.
With the ultrabook market really heating up of late, word of what ASUS has planned for this market segment by the second quarter of 2012 should ensure it's more lively again. We've seen a few pre-release Ultrabooks shown off lately from the likes of Acer, ASUS and Toshiba and they are already gathering quite a bit of attraction, but apparently ASUS will have some particularly aggressively priced Ultrabook models hit the scene in April 2012.
Digitimes reports that following the launch of 5 or 6 ultrabook models (11.6-inch and 13.3-inch variants) this coming October at tentative pricing starting at US$899 and going up, ASUS will then shift its focus onto Ivy Bridge and dish up ultrabooks based on this platform ranging from US$600-$900 for the entry-level segment; that is if ASUS' CEO Jerry Shen has his facts straight.
An Ivy Bridge powered ultra book for US$600? That oughta shake up the entire notebook market somewhat; certainly in the more entry/mid-range sectors where a similar amount of money to chunkier, heavier notebooks gets you a lighter, sleeker design without a performance or battery life trade-off.