Asus has unveiled its entry to the Ultrabook market with the Zenbook, which will go on sale on 21 October with prices starting at £849.
Attempting to differentiate themselves from the rest of the Ultrabook entrants (namely Acer, Toshiba and Lenovo) Asus has given its entry a new name and unveiled two versions of the Zenbook, the 11.6in UX21 and the 13.3in UX31.
We’ve already had some hands-on time with these machines and they are seriously impressive pieces of kit. The 11.6in UX21 will go on sale for £849 while the larger UX31 will cost you £999 when it arrives on shelves on 21 October, making it the first Ultrabook to go on sale in the UK.
For your £849 the UX21 Zenbook will include the latest Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 display, integrated Bang & Olufsen speakers, 128GB SSD, a promised battery life of five hours and standby time of one week.
The UX21 will weigh in at 1.1kg, and come with a mini HDMI port, mini Display Port, one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port. It will measure just 3mm at the thinnest point expanding out to 17mm at its thickest.
The larger UX31 will come with similar specs but will include a Core i7 processor, a 1600 x 900 panel and promises over seven hours battery life with a standby time of two weeks.
Asus were playing up the “balance” aspect of the new laptops at the launch last night and Intel announced that when the new Ivy Bridge processors and Windows 8 arrive, so will touch screens on Ultrabooks – which they hope will give you the best of all worlds, though we’re yet to be convinced.
Intel also told us that despite Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba being rather reticent about announcing release dates for their Ultrabook, it is hoping that all models will hit the shelves in the next two weeks.
We will be bringing you a full review of the Zenbook very soon but for now, let us know in the comments what you thinks of the Asus Zenbook.