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Asus VivoBook U38N stops by the FCC

This upcoming laptop features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display, an AMD Trinity APU and hybrid storage

Taiwan-based manufacturer Asus is now one step closer to bringing its light and thin VivoBook U38N notebook to the United States. The portable PC was spotted passing through the FCC website (Federal Communications Commission) and is expected to hit the US stores soon. According to report from Fudzilla, the U38N is already available in Europe, priced at about €800.

The new VivoBook model fulfills all but one of the requirements to be called an Ultrabook. It has an AMD chip inside. Apparently, the 1.55kg laptop packs an ultra-low voltage Trinity AMD A8-4555M accelerated processing unit (APU) that houses four cores with a clock frequency of 1.6GHz – 2.4GHz. Furthermore, the device comes outfitted with the integrated DirectX 11-compatible AMD Radeon HD 7600G GPU and a 13.3-inch Non-Glare multitouch-enabled widescreen display of 1920-by-1080 pixels native resolution.

Based on an AMD A70M chipset, the latest VivoBook notebook features 2 – to 4GB of internal 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 500GB rotating HDD and a 128GB Solid-State Drive. Measuring 0.73-inch (18.6mm) at its thickest point, the U38N incorporates three USB 3.0 ports, a 3-in-1 media card reader slot, an HDMI interface, Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios.

Asus claims the portable computer runs on up to a Windows 8 Pro operating system and sports a 48Whr polymer battery that lasts for about five hours on a single charge. Other specs supposedly include a 720p front-facing camera for video conferencing and built-in stereo speakers with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Audio technology.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-11-15 (Update: 2012-11-23)