The new Asus UL20, UL30, UL50 and UL80 series laptops are not part of the company’s Eee PC netbook line. But the smallest member of the family sports a 12.1 inch screen and weighs just 3.3 pounds, which means the Asus UL20 isn’t much bigger than some Eee PC models like the Eee PC 1101HA. But the UL20 is potentially going to be a heck of a lot more powerful.
The Asus UL20 will be available with a choice of processors, including the same 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Solo processor found in the Acer Aspire 1410, a 1.2GHz Intel Celeron SU2300, or a dual core 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor. All three versions feature the Intel GS45 chipset and GMA 4500MHD graphics.
The UL20 has a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, supports up to 4GB of RAM, and hard drives ranging from 160GB to 320GB. While some of the larger netbooks in the series have disc drives, the 12 inch version does not. The laptop has a 6 cell battery and measures 11.6″ x 8.3″ x 1″.
There’s no word on the pricing or release date yet, but it sounds like the UL20 should be able to give the Dell Inspiron 11z and Acer Aspire 1410 a run for their money if the price is right. And the larger laptops in this line will likely go head to head with the Acer Aspire Timeline series.