ASUS Vivobook S400 Ultrabook Offers Touch, Ivy Bridge for $699

Updated on 22 October 2012 by

We picked up on the almost-Ultrabook ASUS Vivobook S200 a few days ago. The ASUS Vivobook S400 (S400CA-DH51T) has now appeared in Amazon.com for a surprisingly cheap $699. This is a full Ivy Bridge Core i5 Ultrabook with touchscreen making it the cheapest touchscreen Ultrabook to date.

S400CA 4

The specs include:

  • Windows 8
  • Core i5 3317U CPU 1.7Ghz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB hybrid hard drive (24GB SSD)
  • 14.1” touchscreen 1366×768
  • 2xUSB2.0, 1xUSB3.0
  • 4.4lbs (1.995KG)

It’s clear to see that this is no Zenbook. At 2KG and with a 5400RPM hard drive it’s being build to a price rather than a specification but it’s great to see a device setting such a low price point so early in the game. Unfortunately there’s no indication of battery capacity at the moment. It’s currently listed at Amazon for $599 and will be available on the 26th October.

More images of the Vivobook S400 here.

For those looking at a smaller, low cost touchscreen laptop, the 11.6” ASUS Vivobook S200 /X202E [Amazon link] will fit the bill. It’s only 1.3KG too!

Expect to hear more about the complete range of ASUS Ultrabooks and touch-enabled devices, including the Clover-Trail variants, at an event that is planned for the 23rd October.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Mickey Gelerstein says:

    A great way to spoil an idea !!! Cons: Weight, Conventional HDD instead of SSD, 2 USB 2.0 instead of only USB 3.0

    Can someone with knowledge of the manufacturer’s cost prices tell us (for God sake), how much more can a 128 gb SSD be, againts an old fashion 500 gb rubbish 5400 rpm conventional drive, knowing that a 128 gb SSD retails at around $60 ?????
    Who cares today for USB 2.0 if the 3.0 is backward compatible???

  2. Agronom says:

    agreed. looks like they are trying to distribute old components.

  3. Salvation says:

    False and False. The reason for usb 2 is the fact that usb 3.0 ports allow for approximately double the power draw as usb 2.0. Having 3 usb 3.0 could potentially negate any sort of decent battery life. If the user feels a need for 3 usb 3.0 devices simultaneously, an ultrabook is not the right product for you. As far as the cost difference between platter style or flash HDD’s, the cost of an ssd eclipses a conventional drive. Not production or materials, but these companies are recovering costs from R+D investments.

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