Asus has become one of the first (if not the first) PC manufacturers to announce an Ultrabook with an Intel Haswell CPU, the VivoBook 551, and along with the new silicone the new PC also packs some other features.
CPU wise the VivoBook 551 runs an Intel Core i7-4500U Haswell chip at 1.8GHz while the rest of the spec sheet consists of a hybrid storage solution with a 24GB SSD cache disk and 1TB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM (max 8GB), Nvidia GeForce GT740M discrete graphics, gigabit LAN, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 3 USB ports (1x USB3, 2x USB 2), DVD burner, SD card reader, HDMI and a HD webcam.
The screen is a 15.6″ LED backlit one at a resolution of 1366×768 which seems out of place compared with the rest of the specs. The OS is Windows 8 64bit and the device measures 380x258x21mm and weighs a sturdy 2.4kg (5.s lbs) including the 65w 4500mAh battery.
The 551 is expected to hit US shelves soon with some retailers already taking orders, pricing starting at $1000 depending on the retailer.