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Asus announcements at Computex today have been all about slimming down and getting rid of unnecessary extras. We’ve already seen the Padfone combining a smartphone and tablet and now Asus has unveiled two sleek and slim laptops.
First up is the aluminium-clad Asus UX21, which is 17mm thick at its thickest point. It weighs just 1.1kg and can be upgraded with Intel’s latest Core i7 processors. Adding to the premium feel is a glass trackpad and a keyboard made of all-metal keys. Asus promises that the UX21 will be able to resume from sleep in just two seconds, thanks to some slick proprietary software, and it will also have the ability to hibernate for up to a week. Inside there is a SATA III SSD and, for fast transfers, a USB 3.0 port. The UX21 is set to ship this September but we are still awaiting pricing from Asus for this very good looking laptop which is sure to become a rival for the MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9 which currently lead the way in the ultra slim sector.
Asus has also announced a new netbook, the Eee PC X101, which will run not only Windows 7 but also MeeGo. That’s right, Asus has given the much maligned OS a platform on which to showcase its credentials, the first major manufacturer to do so. The red colour of this netbook will certainly set it apart from competitors though the £150 price point for the MeeGo model is also sure to attract a lot of attention. The Eee PC X101 will ship with a choice of SSD or mechanical hard drive. The netbook measures 17.6mm at its thickest point and tapers down to just 3mm at the front, weighing in at just 950g. The X101 will have a 10in LCD display with a 1024x600 resolution and everything will be powered by a1.5GHz Intel Atom Oak Trail processor, and there is also Intel GMA 600 graphics. Other specs include two USB ports, a six-cell battery and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We don’t know when it will be available yet but with the low price and presence of MeeGo is sure to make it an enticing proposition.