An ultrabook is a thin and light laptop which weighs less than three pounds, measures less than 0.8 inches thick, and has a starting price of under $1000. Intel coined the term this summer and also wants ultrabooks to have solid state disks and the latest Intel processors, although not every manufacturer seems to be on board with the price or SSD requirements.
In May, Asus was the first company to show off its ultrabook prototypes – and now the company is set to be one of the first to bring its ultrabooks to market. Asus will hold a launch event in New York on October 11th.
We already know about at least two models: The 11.6 inch Asus UX21 and the 13.3 inch Asus UX31. The smaller model will measure just 0.67 inches thick, weigh 2.4 pounds, and have a choice of an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. It will have a 1366 x 768 pixel display.
The last we’d heard, the UX31 will have a 13.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel display and an Intel Core i7 processor. It’s expected to weigh 2.9 pounds.
I suspect those early specifications may be subject to change, so I wouldn’t be shocked if the screen resolution, processor options, or other features are a little different come October 11th.
But it’s also possible that Asus could flesh out its ultrabook lineup with a few additional models. This summer there were reports that Asus would actually launch at least 5 different ultrabook models in October.
That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see 5 radically different devices though. Asus tends to assign different model numbers to products that have moderately different features. For instance, two virtually identical netbooks could have different model numbers if one has Bluetooth and a 6 cell battery while its sibling is WiFi-only and has a 3 cell battery.