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Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

May 31st, 2011        

Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

The term “unibody” was coined by Apple ever since they reviewed their first MacBook Air from within an envelope. Samsung was the latest to mimic Apple by unveiling their 9-Series laptops, and now Asus is going to join the supermodel laptop crowd with their brand new UX-series ultraportable laptops.

The laptop has an 11.6-inch screen with 1366×768 resolutions, with the thickness of 17mm being the thickest part (laptop closed). Once opened, the sloping design makes the laptop body shrink from 7mm to a staggering 3mm. the touchpad is made of glass, and the keyboard keys are all metal. And hear this; the laptop only weights 1.1kg! Feeling the awesomeness already? There’s more.

Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

The laptop might be small and light and slim, but it ain’t sloppy. The laptop is said to be powered by a Core i5 processor (1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M to be specific) for the standard trim, but also comes with an optional Core i7 (low voltage mobile version of course, though Asus didn’t mention which model specifically), making it more powerful than the MacBook Air and the 9-Series laptop.

Asus announced new 11.6-inch UX21 laptop, aims directly at Apple’s MacBook Air

There are some subtle differences with regards to their feature sets. One of the UX21′s two USB ports houses USB 3.0 technology (the Air 11-inch has two USB 2.0 ports). Instead of mini-DisplayPort, the UX21 has a mini-HDMI port. They both don’t have built-in SD card readers, which would have been impressive had Asus pulled one off. Storage comes in SSD varieties: 64GB or 128GB, and they’re connected using SATA 3. Asus also claims that with these drives, the UX21 can resume from sleep in two seconds. Of course, there’s a bad news, and that is the battery is concealed within, just like the MacBook Air.

And one more good news, is that one of the Asus representative mentioned that the laptop “should be” priced less than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Oh! My! God! I want one!

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