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Asus launches sub-US$1,000 Zenbook 13 with Intel i5-8250U and GeForce MX150

The Zenbook 13 UX331UN is only 0.5-inch thick and weighs 2.5 lbs. (Source: Asus)
The Zenbook 13 UX331UN is only 0.5-inch thick and weighs 2.5 lbs. (Source: Asus)
The affordable ultrabook from Asus is powered by Intel's Kaby Lake-R i5-8250U CPU coupled with 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the GeForce MX150 GPU. It also comes with 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, a 256 GB SATA3 SSD and 13.3-inch FHD IPS touchscreen.
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Asus announced the refreshed Zenbook 13 series back in August 2017, but the models are only now coming to the Western markets. As a member of the updated Zenbook 13 family, the UX331UN model now includes the gen 8 Intel i5-8250U quad-core/8-thread CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz by default (3.4 GHz Turbo) that integrates 6 MB SmartCache and the UHD Graphics 620 iGPU. It also comes with 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 256 SATA3 M.2 SSD and a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GPU for light gaming.

Other features include:
•    13.3-inch FHD IPS touchscreen supporting Asus Pen
•    illuminated Chiclet keyboard
•    VGA Webcam
•    WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
•    Harman Kardon stereo speakers and array mic
•    micro SD card reader
•    fingerprint sensor and Windows Hello integration
•    connectors: 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C, audio jack, HDMI 1.4 port
•    50 Whr battery that can last for 14 hours with fast charging option
•    0.5-inch thickness and 2.5 lbs weight
•    Royal blue or Slate grey color options
•    Windows 10 Home 64-bit preinstalled

The Zenbook 13 UX331UN can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Newegg and B&H for US$999 right now, but the model will begin shipping on February 19. Make sure to also check our review of the i7-8550U sibling.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1474 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-13)