Asus to launch the VivoBook X102BA mini notebook
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Many people may associate mini notebooks with netbooks and their sluggish performance, but as the market for ultra-portable tech continues to grow, we're finally starting to see more functional 10-inch devices that still manage to keep the price down.
Swedish tech website SweClockers has recently posted details for the upcoming Asus VivoBook X102BA. The new laptop is apparently powered by an AMD Temash processor, and therefore offers a very power efficient experience that doesn't suffer from many of the limitations of the current generation of Atom processors (USB 2.0 only and often a maximum of 2 GB RAM).
Connectivity options are quite good for such a small device and include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, a full sized HDMI port, a VGA port, an SD card slot, 802.11b/g/n wifi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The VivoBook X102BA is expected to launch in Sweden this September with prices starting at 3299 Swedish Krona (US$506) including a free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. Prices and availability in other countries have not yet been announced, though given the comparatively high price of electronics in Europe, a North American release could be far cheaper.