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Asus to release the Zenbook UX31A and UX21A Ultrabooks with built-in WiDi connectivity

The upcoming thin and light portable PCs will reportedly offer next-gen energy efficient Intel CPUs and Full HD IPS matte displays

According to a report from The Verge, there are two new Ultrabooks, dubbed UX31A and UX21A coming from Asus probably around the time when Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips become commercially available. Despite the lack of information surrounding the exact release date, it is now known that the former will have a starting price of $1,100, whereas the latter will sell for about $1,050.

As you have possibly already guessed, these new Ultrabooks are the successors to the company’s quite successful UX31 and UX21 models. Furthermore, they will supposedly be characterized by the same weight and thickness: 0.7-inch and 2.87lbs (UX31A), and 0.67-inch and 2.42lbs (UX21A).

Apparently, the thin and light laptops will be powered by a choice of dual-core, low-voltage Intel Ivy Bridge chips that have a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of 17W. Users will reportedly be able to select among the forthcoming Intel Core i7-3517U, Core i5-3317U and Core i3-3217U central processing units.

Moreover, the Ultrabooks will come equipped with 11.6-inch (UX21A) and 13.3-inch (UX31A) high-brightness IPS (In-Plane Switching technology for improved viewing angles) matte displays that deliver a native resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels (other options with lower resolution will also be available).

Asustek’s latest portable computers will reportedly sport 2GB to 4GB of DDR3L low voltage internal memory, Intel’s new HD Graphics 4000 video card and a solid-state drive with a storage capacity of 256GB (rumor has it, there is a 512GB SSD option, too).

Other features presumably include two USB 3.0 ports, a micro-HDMI interface, an illuminated chiclet keyboard and Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) connectivity accompanied by Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios for staying in touch with family, friends and colleagues.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)