Asus quietly unveils 13 inch VivoBook S300 notebook
Asus offers notebooks with 11.6 inch and 14 inch displays as part of it’s VivoBook line of mid-range laptops. Now the company is adding a 13.3 inch model to the mix.
The Asus VivoBook S300 is a 3.9 pound laptop that measures about 0.8 inches thick and has many of the hallmarks of an ultrabook, but which will probably be much cheaper than any ultrabook Asus sells.
That’s because Asus sells ultrabooks under the premium “Zenbook” line, and tends to give those notebooks relatively high starting prices. While the Asus VivoBook S300 will be available with premium options including a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor and Windows 8 Pro, Asus will also offer budget models with Celeron or Pentium chips.
These notebooks also ship with hard disks instead of solid state drives.
One thing you do get with a VivoBook that you don’t get on most of the higher-priced Zenbooks from Asus (at least not yet) is a touchscreen display.
The Asus VivoBook S300 has a 44Whr battery, a VGA port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI and and audio jacks. It measures 13″ x 9.2″ x 0.83″ and will be available with processor options including:
- Intel Celeron 847 ULV
- Intel Pentium 987 ULV
- Intel Core i3-2365U
- Intel Core i3-3217U
- Intel Core i5-3317U
- Intel Core i7-3517U
All models will feature 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, from 2GB to 4GB of graphics, and a 320GB or 500GB hard drive. The notebooks also feature 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, unlike many of the company’s Zenbook ultrabooks which feature 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 pixel screens.
Asus hasn’t announced a price or release date yet, but you can pick up the 11.6 inch model in the US for $499, so I wouldn’t expect the 13.3 inch model to sell for much more than that.