The beautiful ASUS Zenbook Z305, powered with the new Intel Core M CPU, will launch at €799 according to NotebookItalia. This 1.2KG Ultrabook with a 2K display, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD should be available in December.
We always though that ASUS would break into a new price point with this superlight but 799 euro (which is likely to translate to $799 pre-tax in the USA) is better than we expected.
The Core M 5Y10a CoC inside has an 800Mhz base clockrate but can automatically overclock (Turbo Boost) to 2.0Ghz given the right conditions. We’ve seen it in test though and based on those tests we can’t say that the UX305 is going to out-perform any existing Haswell Ultrabook based on the U-Series processor. It will, however, provide a huge boost over what we’ve seen on Haswell Y-series Ultrabooks and 2-in-1’s like the Lenovo Yoga 11S. It’s fanless and has space inside for a 45Wh battery which should get you 10-hours of video watching. 6 hours of web-working should be possible too.
I’ve written about Core M and up-coming products here.
For 799-Euro you can get a more powerful Windows laptop but will it be 1.2KG in weight, have a 2K screen and be fanless? No.
The ASUSwill also be available with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Have a look at the ASUSin the hands-on video made at IFA earlier this month.