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Asus demos two new Zenbooks, three Transformers, and an ultraportable laptop at IFA

Alex Cocilova | Sept. 5, 2013
The company demonstrated two new additions to its Windows Transformer line of convertible tablets, two glass-enveloped Ultrabooks, and what must be an extremely inexpensive ultraportable laptop

Zenbook UX301 and UX302
Asus announced two new 13.3-inch Zenbook Ultrabooks, both of which will be powered by Intel's fourth-generation Core processors (aka Haswell). These new notebooks feature lids encased in Corning's scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.

Both Zenbooks will be available with either Core i5 or Core i7 processors. The 3.04-pound Zenbook UX301 will feature Intel's HD Graphics 5100 (aka Iris Graphics 5100) and deliver resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. It will be available with either 4- or 8GB of DDR3/1600 memory and up to 512GB of SSD storage—in RAID 0, no less.

The Zenbook UX302 will come with 4GB of DDR3/1600 memory and will be outfitted with a discrete GPU in the form of Nvidia's GeForce GT 730M with 2GB of video memory. It will deliver resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The UX302 will be outfitted with up to a 750GB mechanical hard drive, supplemented by a 16GB SSD cache. It will weigh 3.3 pounds.

Both Zenbooks will feature backlit keyboards, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 video outputs, and SD card readers.

X102BA ultraportable laptop
Those with less exotic budgets might be interested in hearing about Asus's new X102BA ultraportable, a 10.1-inch multi-point touchscreen notebook powered by an AMD A4-1200 processor (from AMD's Temash family of APUs).

While Asus did not release pricing for any of these new machines, the specs for the X102BA have "low-cost" written all over them. Video resolution from the integrated AMD Radeon HD 8180 GPU is limited to resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels, for instance, and the base model will come with just 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB mechanical hard drive (4GB of memory and a 500GB drive are available as options).

The X102BA will come with an integrated 720p webcam, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and an 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter. And Asus is also bundling the full version of Microsoft's Office Home & Student 2013. Asus claims the 2.4-pound notebook will deliver five hours of battery life.


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