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Asus Adds UX42, UX52 to Zenbook Lineup, Now Six Zenbooks in Total


Asus is launching new Zenbooks apparently in the hopes of appealing to everyone. What once consisted of only Ultrabooks now features six devices, one of which is not an Ultrabook. Most recently Asus has announced the UX42 and UX52. It looks like the company is keeping somewhat reasonable conventions though, devices prefixed with ‘UX’ all seem to be Ultrabooks while the lone ‘U’ device is a non-Ultrabook (even if it is still relatively thin and light).

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HP’s TouchSmart Laptops cover Low and Very High-End, Possibly AMD Too.


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HP have confirmed that two Windows Touchscreen Ultrabooks are coming. Starting with the $799 HP Envy Touchmart Ultrabook 4 and going up to the 15.6” HP SpectreXT Touchsmart Ultrabook starting at $1399

The HP Envy Touchsmart 4 is already available to order with Core i3 or i5 and RAM up to 8GB, Hybrid HDD up to 500GB. The SpectreXT, (first announced at end of August) should be available to order soon and could be something of a challenger for that entry-level MacBook Pro Retina. A 15.6” fullHD screen, thunderbolt, Beats audio SSD and RAM options and a weight of 4.7 pounds are attractive features. We’re looking out for the fine specs – especially that battery which we hope HP haven’t cut corners on.

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Asus Touchscreen: TaiChi, Transformer Book, and Vivo Release Dates, Pricing [videos galore]


Asus was teasing with a countdown to the official reveal of their touchscreen Windows 8 devices and has finally gone live with some content that explains the rather confusing lineup. We’ve prepared a breakdown of the products, pricing, and release dates below.

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Asus UX51 / U500 Details in the Database; to Be or Not to Be an Ultrabook?


Asus U500 details thus far revealed have been added to our database. There seems to be some confusion about whether or not the U500 is an Ultrabook. If the specs we’re seeing are accurate — a quad-core i7 ‘QM’ processor — it is definitely not an Ultrabook. However there seems to be quite a bit of confusion regarding that fact.

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TaiChi, Transformer Book, Zenbook Touch, Vivo Book, and Vivo Tab Revealed — Asus Windows 8 Lineup


Asus has prepared a full device assault to coincide with the launch of Windows 8. Tomorrow at 2PM EST the company will be unveiling their Windows 8 lineup at their Windows 8 touch teaser site. Though Asus is trying to tease the identity of the lineup (see icons below with no names) a quick look into the website source reveals the names of these devices: TaiChi, Transformer Book, Zenbook Touch, Vivo Book, and Vivo Tab (not that we couldn’t have guessed before!) [there’s also an AIO touchscreen desktop but that doesn’t really concern us!].

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Gigabyte Convertible Ultrabook Coming. U2142 has up to 1.2TB Storage


Gigabyte have demonstrated their swivel-screen U2141 Ultrabook and say it will be ready soon after Windows 8 launch.  It’s an 11.6” model with much the same soul as the T1132 Booktop, a Core-based 11.6” convertible that existed outside the Ultrabook sector.

Gigabyte U2142

See all the Gigabyte Ultrabooks and alternatives in our database.

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Samsung Series 9 – Updating with Windows 8. Low Cost Versions Available in Europe


Samsung Series 9 2012 1Is this real? The Samsung Series 9 15” with Ivy Bridge and Windows 8, a ultrathin with Ultrabook-plus qualities that was introduced for around €1500 is showing up with Windows 8 for €999. This isn’t a one-off either. We’re seeing a number of retailers in Europe offering it, including Amazon.de. The low price includes the 13.3” version too but unfortunately the low price doesn’t seem to be appearing in the USA. Europeans might want to pounce now!

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ASUS S46 and S56 Low Cost Ultrabooks Coming with Windows 8 and Nvidia GT635M


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.

All ASUS ultrabooks and ultrathins are listed here.

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  • 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

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ASUS VivoBook S200E ‘Netbook’ is Nearly an Ultrabook but Definately the Cheapest Win 8 Touch Laptop


More and more touchscreen laptops are hitting the sales channels and they’re coming in at both ends of the spectrum. The Acer Aspire V5 Touch is a good example of an Ultrabook-alternative with touch. The ASUS S200E is another. Both of these devices are available with a Core i3 CPU which pushes them into the same processing category as an Ultrabook.  The ASUS Vivobook S200E is referred to as a netbook by Amazon in Germany today.

ASus S200E

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Touchscreen Sony Vaio T13 Ready for Windows 8 Launch


Sony has announced that it will be adding a touchscreen option to the company’s first Ultrabook, the Vaio T13. According to Engadget the ‘T13-2’ can be speced up quite nicely — up to a Core i7, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. Pricing doesn’t seem to be confirmed yet, but Sony mentions somewhere in the $1600 range for the aforementioned top-end model. The non-touchscreen Vaio T13 now starts at the fair price of $739; it is unclear how much the touchscreen base model will add to this starting price. The touchscreen T13 is expected to go on sale as Windows 8 launches later this month on the 26th.

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$799 Touchscreen Acer M5 Ultrabook Launches


The Acer M5 Timeline U has always been something of a price-setter in the Ultrabook field so it’s no surprise to see a touchscreen enabled version launching at a $799 entry-level price.  In addition, Acer will be offering the interesting Ultrabook-alternative V5 notebook in 14 or 15 inch sizes with a touchscreen.

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Acer V5 (left ) and M5 Ultrabook with touchscreen

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Windows 8 Market Opportunity and Windows 8 App Demo


ultrabooktrends 2012Look at the Amazon US Best Sellers list and wish list.  Laptops are few and far between in this and similar buy/wish/trend lists and it echoes what we see on Ultrabooknews. The market for Ultrabooks has been flat for the last three months. Today I see that PC sales are projected to fall for the first time in a very long time.

Yesterday evening I put together a Vodcast on the topic and spoke about the issues and the Windows 8 opportunity. I’ve included more detail in the article below. Video also embedded below.

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