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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, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-13)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.