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ASUS Ultrabooks coming to the US on October 11th

Teaser site launched by ASUS announces October 11th as official release date for the 11.6" UX21 and 13.3" UX31 Ultrabooks in the US.


ASUS originally got the Ultrabook party started way back at Computex 2011, where they first announced their UX21 and UX31 devices. The notebooks have dipped under the radar since then and haven't yet shipped stateside, but we now officially know the awaited date.

Thanks to a teaser site set up by the Taiwanese company, it looks like the Ultrabooks will be officially released at an event in New York City on the 11th of next month. Running under the slogan of "Good Things Come To Those Who Wait", the website also has a countdown timer which unveils a 7PM EST start time if our math is correct.

The UX21 and UX31 were the first Ultrabooks announced, and feature Sandy Bridge processors, SSD storage drives, and USB 3.0 all in a 17mm aluminum alloy body. The UX21 comes with an 11.6" display and a 1366x768 pixel resolution while the UX31 features a 13.3" screen and an HD+ resolution of 1600x900 pixels.

Recently priced in France, the Core i5-2467M UX21  comes in at 799 ($1076), while the i5-2557M and i7-2677M UX31s go for 999 ($1345) and 1199 ($1614) respectively. However, even though the French pricing does fall above Intel's sub-$1,000 recommendation, we'll have to wait till Oct. 11th to find out if the US gets any preferential treatment.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Omar Qudsi, 2011-09-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)