While we continue to track down information on the ASUS U500 and Transformer Book, Vivo Book or whatever else the new Win 8 laptops might be called on October 23rd, here’s some info on ASUS S-Series S46 and S56. [For info on the S200 Touch, see here.] The four variants cover 14 and 15.6 screens with built-in and discreet graphics options. All variants have the same 1366×768 resolution and an optical drive.
- ASUS S46CA – 14”, Intel HD4000 Graphics
- ASUS S46CM – 14”, Nvidia GT635M Graphics
- ASUS S56CA – 15.6”, Intel HD4000 Graphics
- ASUS S56CM – 15.6”. Nvidia GT635M Graphics
Specs appear to be as before with the same models. Only the Operating system is changing. All versions are potentially available with Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs
We’re seeing the S56 in the German sales channels at a competitive 699 Euro. It’s about 100 Euro above the cheapest Ultrabooks out there) but comes with Core i5, 4BG ram and the Nvidia GT635M and DVD writer included. In the UK we’re seeing early signs of an S56CA (without discreet graphics) for £599.
ASUS USA still have Windows 7 listed on their product pages (although “ASUS recommends Windows 8”) and there’s no indication of any sales channels in the USA yet although we hope that will change after the ASUS event on the 23rd.