ASUS Zenbook Prime Ultrabook gets Ivy Bridge plus Full HD screen

The new 11.6in and 13.3in Ultrabooks from ASUS will please with faster, more efficient performance and much improved screen quality

ASUS today announced two new Ultrabooks at Computex: the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A and the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A. These units will both feature third generation Intel Core CPUs (formerly codenamed Ivy Bridge), and the larger of the two models, the UX31A will be available with a Core i7 CPU. The UX21A will have a Core i5 CPU.

The UX31A is a 13.3in Ultrabook with a weight of about 1.3kg; with a Core i7 CPU it will cost $1399. The UX21A is an 11.6in Ultrabook with a weight of about 1.1kg; with a Core i5 CPU, it will cost $899, which is a price point that many manufacturers failed to meet when Ultrabooks were first introduced to the market last year.

Along with the third generation CPUs, both Zenbook Prime Ultrabooks will feature USB 3.0 ports and they will have a solid state drive running a 6Gbps SATA interface, rather than 3GBps. Most importantly, the new Zenbooks (even the 11.6in version) will be available with an IPS-based LCD panel with a 1920x1080 resolution and a matte finish.

The Zenbook Prime Ultrabooks aren't for sale in Australia yet, with representatives for ASUS saying in statement that they will be made available in the coming months. They are hotly anticipated units, mainly for their thin, razor-like designs, and for the better specifications that they will carry compared to the first generation Zenbooks. The addition of Ivy Bridge, a Full HD IPS panel and a backlit keyboard should theoretically make both units hard to beat once they are released.

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Elias Plastiras

Elias Plastiras

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8 Comments

Guillermo Perez

1

so... when will they RELEASE them?? I called them and ask directly, but not even their reps know about it... anybody here knows when will these units be available???

Slider

2

They need to hurry up or I for one will be buying their competitors product.

L

3

if they dont release the zenbook prime this month, I am seriously going for a MacBook air. I need a computer NOW becuase end of financial year is ending very soon. I don't want to get the crappy original zenbook. Please, please, please, ASUS release the zenbook prim in australia already!

Dom

4

Also dieing for this to be release. My current laptop screen is dead and i have been holding off until the UX31A is release. Seriously needs to come out before tax year end. The product at this site; http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qrySearch=zenbook%20prime has it listed and they advised that its release on June 15 but at $1995 its more than what i want to pay. Fingers crossed on the release date and the price

caleb

5

yes! they need to release this before apple announces the new macbook AIR next week at the wwdc! once people see the new macbook lineup they will be saving their extra $ and hold out for those. UNLESS Asus releases this machine soon! I will be buying one as soon as they release it with an acceptable SSD. most of the early reviews of it have stated that it has a "slower than most SSD".

Andrew

6

I was at Computex Taipei today and saw the UX21A on show. The rep told me that it will ship in 3-6 months.

Dom

7

Really 3-6 months? I better start looking for another Ultrabook in that case. dam!

Susan

8

I would like to purchase the Prime UA21a, but need it by August - I too will be buying Macbook Air if this doesn't come onto the market within days...sadly!

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