PC makers are expected to launch plenty of new laptops, tablets, and hybrid devices featuring Intel Haswell processors at the Computex trade show in Taiwan in June. But some Haswell-powered devices are starting to show up a bit early.

The Asus VivoBook V551 is an ultrabook with a 15.6 inch display and an Intel Core i7-4500U Haswell chip and an NVIDIA graphics card. It’s expected to sell for around $1000, and several retailers are already taking orders.

Asus VivoBook S551/V551

Notebook Italia reports that in Europe the same laptop is expected to be called the VivoBook S551.

Detailed specs include NVIDA GeForce GT740M graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and 24GB solid state cache disk. The notebook measures just 0.83 inches thick, but it packs a DVD burner, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, 3 USB ports (including 1 USB 3.0 port), and a 65 Whr battery.

It also features a touchscreen display. Unfortunately, it’s a 1366 x 768 pixel screen, which seems kind of out-of-step with what’s otherwise a pretty high-end laptop.

While the Asus VivoBook V551 is a reasonably thin laptop, it’s not particularly light. It weighs about 5.3 pounds, which isn’t surprising given the large screen, disc drive, and other components.


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13 replies on “Asus VivoBook V551 ultrabook with Haswell CPU coming soon”

  1. 1366 x 768? Really? Is this for an alarm clock or a PC for getting work done?

    My cellphone has a higher resolution screen.

    1. Full HD would be preferable for that size screen but it’s silly to compare to your phone!

      A phone or tablet is used a lot closer to your eyes than a laptop ever would be and mobile devices don’t need to run anything that would require a lot of performance but this laptop definitely will…

      Besides, there are other aspects of screen quality a lot of people seem to ignore that matter just as much as resolution.

      1. Since its for gaming with the GT740M, Asus figured they’d get much better gaming scores with the low resolution panel.

        But while I think 1080p would depress frame rates too much, 1600×900 is kinda minimum for a freaking 15.6″ display…

        I would have preferred this with a 14″ display

  2. 1366×768. Ugh, what they are thinking? 8 GB max is lame. It should be 8 GB min nowadays. And that’s for 1k? Born dead.

  3. Waiting for something like this but….

    * 15″, non-glossy, at least FULLHD

    * preferably mSATA RAID + one HDD/space for HDD
    * no optical drive
    * could be a bit lighter (ux51 is 2.2KG)
    * graphic card with DDR5 and 128-bit interface or maybe no dedicated graphic card at all (preferably such options available)
    * DisplayPort (normal or mini)
    * at least 3 USB 3.0 ports
    * preferably 2 RAM slots OR 8GB soldered on-board+ one slot OR 16GB soldered

  4. Interesting. It has 8 GB of memory but only 4 GB is “onboard”.

  5. The pixel resolution is an immediate turn-off to what would be a decent laptop

    1. I agree. the resolution makes sense on core i3, and maybe some lower end core i5, but on a core i7 laptop?

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