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ASUS officially announced the redesigned U56 ultra-thin and light notebook

This ultra-portable computer will reportedly sport a second generation Sandy Bridge chip and a discrete NVIDIA GPU

The Taiwanese PC maker ASUSTek has officially added a new member to its U Series of ultra-portable computers. The redesigned U56E model will reportedly be targeted towards everyone – from travellers to business professionals on-the-move and despite its “ultra-slim build” will incorporate a speedy Intel CPU and a powerful graphics controller.

Available in an “elegant” blue color scheme, the new U56 will apparently feature a hinge-forward design and will employ up to a swift second generation Intel Core i5 central processing unit that supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies. In addition, the device will have a thickness of just under an inch and will be equipped with a 15.6-inch widescreen panel with an HD native resolution.

Graphics are supposedly taken care of by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (DirectX 11, Shader 5.0) video controller with 1GB of dedicated GDDR5/DDR3 VRAM.

The U56 will presumably also deliver “all day computing” as its built-in battery operates autonomously for about 10 hours on a single charge. Further features include USB 3.0 connectivity and soft-touch palm rests.

There is still no word on availability and pricing.

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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-07-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)