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Gigabyte debuts the U2442F Extreme Ultrabook

The 14-inch ultra-portable PC comes with an HD+ display, an ULV Core i7 CPU, a dedicated graphics card and hybrid storage

Remember the U2442DT gaming Ultrabook announced by Gigabyte last month? Well, it seems the Taiwanese manufacturer is getting ready to release another thin and light high-performance laptop, called U2442F. Described by the company as an “Extreme Ultrabook”, the device is built around an Intel HM77 Express Chipset and ships pre-loaded with up to a Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) operating system.  

It would appear that the newly introduced U2442F model sports a 14-inch LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1600-by-900 pixels (HD+) and a 1.3MP front-facing web camera for video calls. In addition, the Ultrabook is apparently driven by a third-generation, ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor and can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7-3537U chip that houses two cores clocked at 2.0GHz (up to 3.1GHz via Turbo Boost 2.0 technology).

According to Gigabyte, the powerful laptop is equipped with NVIDIA’s Optimus Technology that switches between the integrated Intel HD 4000 video card and the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU (28nm Kepler architecture) with 2GB of VRAM. Furthermore, the U2442F offers up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a single 128GB/256GB SSD or a combination of a 128GB mSATA SSD and a 750GB/1TB hard drive that rotates at 5400RPM.

Other specs presumably include two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI interface, an SD card reader slot, Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 modules, two built-in speakers and a Kensington Lock for enhanced security.

Gigabyte claims its latest Extreme Ultrabook model features a sleek and elegant design; weighs 1.59kg (1.69kg - SSD+HDD) and comes with an improved venting system, THX TruStudio Pro audio and an “automatic light sensing” backlit keyboard.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2013-02-16 (Update: 2013-02-16)