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ZaReason outs the world’s first Linux Ultrabook

The Ultralap 430 comes with a 14-inch HD panel, ULV Ivy Bridge CPU and SSD storage

The California-headquartered custom builder of notebook and desktop computers, ZaReason, has reportedly introduced the world’s first Linux-powered Ultrabook. The thin and light mobile device is called Ultralap 430 and can now be purchased (from ZaReason’s online shop) for $899 and up.

According to the manufacturer, this new laptop sports an ultra-low voltage Ivy Bridge chip and can be equipped with an Intel Core i3-3217U (base configuration) or an Intel Core i5-3317U central processing unit. The latter offers two physical cores operating at a frequency of 1.7GHz (up to 2.6GHz via Turbo Boost 2.0), the integrated Intel HD 4000 card with shared video memory and 17W max TDP.

Furthermore, the Ultralap 430 comes with a 14-inch LED-backlit Glossy display of HD (1366-by-768 pixels) native resolution and 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (up to 16GB). Underneath the hood, the Ultrabook also features a 32GB mSATA Solid-State Drive (up to 256GB) with Intel’s Rapid Start technology for fast boot and resume times, and a secondary HDD/SSD storage drive.

Connectivity-wise, the portable PC packs Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n (Intel Centrino-N) and Bluetooth radios, one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader slot and an HDMI interface for watching HD content on an external HDTV or an HD monitor.

Weighing 3.5lbs and measuring 0.75-inch at its thickest point, ZaReason’s latest Ultralap 430 model runs on a choice of open source Linux OS (Ubuntu, Debian, Mint or Fedora) and comes with a 6-cell battery that lasts for around 6 hours.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-08-12 (Update: 2012-08-12)