A DAY AHEAD of the official launch, Asus’ new U36 notebook has made its way online courtesy of no less than three leaks, one of them being by the company itself. The company might very well unveil more new models tomorrow and either which way, we’ll be at the launch event to bring you the full details.
The U36 is part of Asus’ thin and light series of notebooks and it’s a 13.3-inch model with the standard 1366×768 notebook resolution. What makes it so special is the fact that it’s a mere 19mm (0.75in) thick which is a pretty impressive feat considering that it features both a Core i5 460M processor which is clocked at 2.53GHz and has a 35W TDP, as well as a GeForce 310M discrete graphics solution with 1GB of DDR3 memory.
Furthermore it comes with 2GB of RAM as standard, although this is likely to increase in other markets, as for whatever reason notebooks don’t seem to ship with more than 2GB in Taiwan as standard, a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and a high-power 5600mAh 8-cell battery pack which Asus claims is good for more than 10h of usage. At 1.69kg (3.73lb) – or possibly 1.66kg depending on the source – it’s also very light considering the large battery pack and standard components being used.
Other features include two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, D-Sub, Gigabit Ethernet, a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader, a 3Megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. It also has a chiclet type keyboard and what appears to be a fairly large trackpad with a biometric fingerprint reader between the two buttons. Oh, and there’s no optical drive which in our opinion is a great thing considering the slim form factor. Finally it appears to ship with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and a two year global warranty. It’s currently listed at NT$37,900 online in Taiwan, which equates to about $1245, so it doesn’t come cheap that’s for sure.S|A
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