I know a lot of you are waiting for final details, pricing, availability and a review of the ASUS Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook and while we haven’t secured a review sample yet, we can at least bring you pricing and specification details of four models that have just appeared in retail channels in the USA.
The four ASUS UX31A models we’ve seen so far are as follows:
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51 / DB52 – Core i5 3317U, 4GB, 128GB SSD, Windows Home Premium – $1099 (DB52 – Windows 7 Pro + TPM for $1199) [Amazon Link]
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB71 /DB72 – Core i7-3517UE, 4GB, 256GB SSD, Windows Home Premium – $1499 (DB72 – Windows 7 Pro +TPM for $1599) [Amazon link]
So it looks like the Zenbook UX31A range will start at $1099 which is an important $200 cheaper than the Samsung Series 9 that a lot of people have on their list next to the Zenbook.
As for the ASUS Zenbook UX21A, although we can’t find it yet in the US market, it appears in Europe at 100 Euro less than the 1099 Euro UX31A entry level pointing at a $999 starting price for the ASUS Zenbook UX21A with 128GB, 4GB and 128GB SSD in the USA
We’re currently testing the Samsung Series 9 and although it’s a cracking Ultrabook, there’s scope for improvement in the area of SSD and touchpad. The Zenbook Prime could really take some trade away from the premium Samsung Series 9.
As for availability, there’s nothing concrete yet although in Europe we’re expecting the first deliveries this week.
Sources: Various via search.
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