The Asus VivoBook X202 is a notebook with an 11.6 inch display, Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor, and a starting price of $599. It’s expected launch with Windows 8 on October 26th.

Asus will also offer a cheaper model with Ubuntu Linux soon, but I haven’t been able to get US pricing for that model just yet.

In some parts of the world, the VivoBook X202 will be sold as the Asus VivoBook S200, and I got a chance to spend some time with an S200/X202 laptop earlier this week.

Asus X202

At just over 3.1 pounds, and a little over 0.85 inches thick, the VivoBook X202 isn’t quite thin enough to be considered an ultrabook. It also has a hard drive instead of a solid state disk. But that’s one of the reasons it’s cheaper than most ultrabooks.

Another is that while the first model to launch will have a Core i3-3217U processor, Asus may also release models with Celeron or Pentium chips.

While the X202 isn’t exactly an ultrabook, it’s still a very portable laptop. It’s about the same size as the Asus UL20A I bought three years ago, and has a similar starting price. But the new laptop has a much faster processor, more hard drive space, and more RAM.

Some models will also include a touchscreen as well as a multitouch trackpad for use with Windows 8.

The laptop has 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA and HDMI ports, up to 500GB of disk space, 4GB of RAM, WiFi, and Bluetooth. It has a 1366 x 768 pixel display and a 38Whr battery that should provide about 5 hours of run time.

Unfortunately the battery does not appear to be replaceable.

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6 replies on “Hands-on with the Asus X202 11.6 inch notebook”

  1. knowing the ASUS X500CA is unupgragreable …..
    if you buy the lower specs, and want to upgrade you need you sell it and buy the new one, not cool for me…

  2. I don’t know…for $599 that’s too close to a refurb Macbook AIr. I wish these all most ultrabooks were closer to $300, but I doubt you’ll find an ivy bridge 11.6″ in that price range.

    1. I didn’t know the MacBook air had a touchscreen… 😛 I bought the BestBuy variant of this computer for 399.

  3. I’ve read that the starting price was $499 for the i3 Model.
    That the battery was 2 cells. So more like 2.5 hours battery life.

    Also, the HDD should be coupled with a 24GB SSD.
    Finally, a question, won’t there be an Intel Celeron 937 (I think) model with touchscreen also?

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