Looks like the Asus Zenbooks will be getting an upgrade when Intel lets its Ivy Bridge processors out into the wild. According to The Verge, Asus is set to release the 13″ UX31A and the UX21A Zenbooks as a replacements to the 1st Generation UX31 and UX21.
The original Zenbooks used Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors which where the predecessors to the upcoming Ivy Bridge. The new processors will be available in i3, i5, and i7 low-voltage variants running at 17W TDP.
- Core i7-3517U, dual-core, four threads, 4MB L3, cache, 3GHz max Turbo Boost speed
- Core i5-3317U, dual-core, four threads, 3MB L3 cache, 2.6GHz max Turbo Boost speed
- Core i3-3217U, dual-core, four threads, 3MB L3 cache, 1.8GHz (no Turbo Boost)
Aside from the chip upgrade, the new Zenbooks will have the option of a full 1080p (1920×1080) resolution with 350 nits brightness on both the UX31A and UX21A. If you don’t want to shell out for the extra resolution, the UX31A will retain its 1600×900 resolution and the UX21A will have 1366×768 with both having only 300 nits of brightness.
Whereas the previous generation Zenbook is stocked at 4GB RAM, this time around, you have the option of 2GB or 4GB RAM. Another addition is the WiDi (Wireless Display) technology from Intel to stream media content from the Zenbook to supported WiDi displays. You also get WiFi-N and Bluetooth 4.0. Two USB 3.0 ports are now available in the upcoming Zenbook as well as a backlit keyboard to help you type at night.. Battery life is expected to be around the same with 6-7 hours for the UX31A and up to 5 hours for the UX21A.
Pricing hasn’t been set although The Verge is estimated to begin at $1,050 (PhP44,656) for the UX21A and $1,100 (PhP46,782) for the UX31A.
Source: The Verge