Official Site Reveals Asus S46 and S56 Ultrabook Specs, Integrated and Discrete Graphics Available. Hitting the Market Soon?

Updated on 27 August 2012

We’ve seen most of what there is to see regarding Asus’ upcoming S46 and S56 Ultrabooks except for one important piece of information: the release date. We caught a glimpse of the units at Computex back in June and earlier in August Asus officially announced them. Now they inch closer to market as Asus has revealed them on their website including a rundown of official specs. While it was once thought that the new Ultrabooks would include discrete graphics by default, the official specs indicate that an integrated graphics variant of each model will also be available. The optical drive is now listed as ‘optional’ as well.

Surprisingly, Asus didn’t launch the S46 and S56 for the back to school season, despite these being all-around/value Ultrabooks. Unless they want to thrust them into the market on no particular occasion, the next big opportunity is during the Windows 8 launch in October. That might be a bit long to wait if Asus hopes to achieve much impact given that the S46 and S56 were revealed back in June! It’s hard to nail down a specific likely release date (other than ‘soon’) for the S46 and S56 especially given that Asus will be offering non-Ultrabook variants: the K46 and K56.

For now we’ve got the official specs. The K46 and K56 are identical in all respects except for the size of their screen which is 14″ and 15.6″ respectively. Both will come in two variants, labeled S46CA and s46CM, and, S56CA and S56CM. CA denotes integrated graphics while CM denotes Nvidia’s discrete GeForce GT 635M. Other than graphics, variants are identical.

ProcessorIntel Core i7 3517U Processor
Intel Core i5 3317U Processor
Intel Core i3 3217U Processor
Operating SystemGenuine Windows 7 Ultimate
Genuine Windows 7 Professional
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
ChipsetIntel HM76 Express Chipset
MemoryDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 GB SDRAM
Display14.0″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight
GraphicIntegrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 (or Nvidia GeForce GT 635M)
Storage2.5″ SATA
1TB 5400RPM
750GB 5400RPM
500GB 5400RPM
320GB 5400RPM
+ 24GB SSD Cache
Optical DriveSuper-Multi DVD (Optional)
Card Readercard reader (SD)
CameraHD Web Camera
NetworkingIntegrated 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 (Optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
Interface1 x COMBO 3.5mm mic/audio jack
1 x VGA port
1 x USB 3.0 port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN Ethernet
1 x HDMI
AudioBuilt-in Speakers And Microphone
Battery4Cells 2950 mAh 44 Whrs
Power AdapterOutput :
19 V DC, 3.42 A, 65 W
Input :
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions34.8 x 24.8 x 2.10 ~2.10 cm (WxDxH)
Weight2.0 kg (with 4 cell battery)

The non-Ultrabook K46 and K56 jettison the SSD to keep costs down and will likely undercut the S46 and S56 by $50-100. The K46 and K56 will also each come in two variants with integrated graphics or optional discrete graphics. Expect to see them available at the same time as their Ultrabook brethren.

 

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Mr.Chainsaw says:

    What were they thinking?!
    -14″, crappy screen (resolution)
    -2x USB 2.0 ?!
    -2kg but only 4 cell battery?!
    -VGA?? and HDMI but no Displayport?!

    And as always, why is discrete graphics only included in the ‘cheap’ ones?

  2. noreplay@foomanbi.com says:

    in other words… who the hell do they design those pieces of garbage for?

  3. Ben Lang says:

    This is a value device so it’s not surprising that there isn’t a premium resolution. VGA is rapidly being phased out, especially with thin Ultrabooks. As for discrete graphics, you find it in the ‘cheap’ ones because they are usually not as small, leaving space and thermals necessary for discrete graphics. Premium Ultrabooks are usually as small/thin/light as possible, making discrete graphics tough. Check the UX32VD for a premium Ultrabook with discrete graphics if you’re interested.

  4. Mr.Chainsaw says:

    Again, the UX32VD is the ‘cheap’ version of the Zenbook Prime series. So like I said discrete graphics only for cheap devices

  5. Ben Lang says:

    Mr.Chainsaw :

    Again, the UX32VD is the ‘cheap’ version of the Zenbook Prime series. So like I said discrete graphics only for cheap devices

    What do you mean ‘cheap’? If the UX32VD was more expensive would you be happy?

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