The Asus UL20FT is a 3.3 pound laptop with a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. First spotted in May, it looks like the new model should begin shipping next month. Excaliber PC is taking pre-orders for the Asus UL20FT-A1. It’s going for $579, and the store says it should arrive around August 6th, 2010.
The new notebook is a successor to the Asus UL20A, which I reviewed last year. While the two laptops are pretty much the same size and both ship with Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB of memory, and 250GB hard drives, there’s one key difference. The Asus UL20A comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 CULV processor, while the UL20FT has a new Intel core i3-330UM 1.2GHz CPU with Turbo boost technology.
I haven’t had a chance to test a system with the Core i3-330UM CPU yet, but it should provide a bit of a speed boost while consuming even less memory.
Rounding out the specs for the new notebook are 3 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks, a 0.3MP webcam, a 5-in-1 card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Gigabit Ethernet. The laptop comes with a 6 cell, 4400mAh battery and measures 11.8″ x 8.4″ x 1″.
Update: As Soliton points out in the comments, Intel says this particular processor does not have Turbo Boost. But I suspect Asus may use a version of its hybrid engine software that allows you to overclock and underclock chips.
Update2: The Asus UL20FT is now shipping.
via Netbook News