The 11.6-inch laptop / ultrabook was first reported over on the Notebook Review forum, but since then we have heard from Asus via an official press release at Japanese website Asahi.
The Sandy Bridge powered Asus U24 can be considered a mid range laptop or even an ultrabook as it shares a number of ultrabook features. Such as, “Instant on” which allows it to wake from sleep in a couple of seconds, and Asus Power4 Gear Hybrid for advanced power saving features.
The 11.6-inch display has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and the body of the notebook is very thin at just 27.6mm. The Asus U24E measures 291 x 207 x 27.6 mm and weighs 1.5kg.
It’s powered by the Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5-2430M processor with Intel HD 3000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. Other features include a webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output, 2x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 sleep and charge, Altec Lansing speakers, and a card reader. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and as a 6-cell battery providing 6.8 hours of battery life.
The official press release lists a price of 50,000 yen (just over $600 USD), and a release date of November 5th. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we hear about the Asus U24 making its way over the the US.
At the right price point we can see the Asus U24 being a very popular model, competing very well against the Macbook Air. It will be very well suited for anyone who is looking for a fairly powerful laptop to take on the go.
Update: The 11.6-inch Asus U24E is now available from J&R on offer for $749.
Source: Asahi press release