New York - With the theme of beauty and functionality, Asus today introduced its first Ultrabook concept laptops, the Zenbook.
Asus chairman Johnny Shih unveiled the 11.6-inch UX21and 13.3-inch UX31 at an event held here. Both models will hit retail worldwide starting Oct. 12 with respective starting prices of $999 and $1,349.
The UX21 thickness ranges from 3mm in the front to 9mm in the rear, with the unit weighing 2.4 pounds, while the UX31 is slightly thicker on the hinge area and weighs 2.8 pounds.
Shih emphasized the units' two-second resume from sleep mode speed, and said the devices will automatically backup the user's data to the solid state when the battery life reaches the 5 percent level.
The base version of each model features an Intel dual Core i5, 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, a 128GB solid-state drive, a single USB 3.0 port and 2.0 ports, along with MicroHDMI and MiniVGA slots. Included in the price are a USB Ethernet connector and a protective carrying sleeve.
The step-up version of the UX 21E-DH71 features an Intel Core i7 2677M processor, which boosts the price to $1,199.
Asus is offering three models in the UX31 camp. The entry-level UX31E-DH52 and step-up UX31-DH53 run the Core i5-2557M processor, with the latter version adding a 256GB solid-state drive. Respective pricing is $1,099 and $1,349.
The flagship UX31E-DH72 is powered by an Intel Core i7-2677M processor and has a $1,449 suggested retail.
The UX21 models have an estimated battery life of five hours, with the UX31 rated at seven hours. All models are equipped with the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower sound technology.