Asus now shipping ultraportable U36 notebook

The 19mm thick U36JC-RX197X notebook now available online with standard voltage Core i5 CPU

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Claimed to be the “world’s thinnest notebook with standard voltage Intel Core i5 processor,” the Asus U36 is now available online for £699 (1118 USD).

We first revealed the U36 late last year when the laptop was up for pre-order. Measuring at only 19mm thick, its lightest configuration is expected to weigh just 3.17 pounds (1.44kg). Perhaps more impressive is its 11.5 hour battery life with what we assume will be with an 8-cell battery.

Oddly enough, the press release does not specify what Core i5 CPU the notebook will carry, but the Micro Anvika product page lists an Intel Core i5-460M or Core i5-480M CPU. Thus, buyers should be aware that the notebook is equipped with the previous generation of Core processors and not Sandy Bridge. Otherwise, the 13.3-inch notebook comes with discrete GeForce 310M graphics with Optimus technology, 4GB of RAM, a 1366x768 resolution display, 500GB HDD, 802.11n, card reader and at least one USB 3.0 port.

Unfortunately as of this writing, Micro Anvika is out of stock of the U36 notebook, but online retailer is expected to begin selling the notebook before the end of June.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.