Asus today launched two Intel third generation Core processor-based Ultrabooks, the ‘S series’ and an ‘F series’ notebook. Although the devices can barely be called Ultrabooks, the S series portable computers do come at a very attractive price of around Rs 50,000.
The Asus S series "Ultrabook"
As mentioned, Asus is calling the S series an Ultrabook range, but the computers’ specifications beg to differ. At 2.4 Kg, the devices can very well be classified as notebooks. The Asus S Series also boasts of in-built optical drives, which we feel is even more reason to call them notebooks, but if Intel’s fine with them being called Ultrabooks, what choice do we have on the matter? The devices are equipped with Intel’s low voltage Ivy Bridge processors and a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlight Glare display. The Ultrabooks have a 0.92 megapixel camera and come with hybrid storage – a 24GB SSD for caching and fast booting and a 500/700 GB HDD for main storage. They come with Windows 7 Home Basic out of the box. Asus states that the S Series offers up to 13 days of standby.
Asus calls the Asus F501A-XX187R a notebook, thankfully. It comes with Intel Core i3 processor 2350M, 2.3G, 3M variants and a 15.6-inch HD Glare display besides a 500GB HDD. Graphics are powered by on-board Intel HD 4000. You get a 0.3 megapixel camera apart from connectivity options such as HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
The F series notebook
“We cherish our association with Intel and Microsoft. Our relationship has been growing stronger with Intel and we intend to continue delivering great offerings to our customers with this association. We are increasing Microsoft-based notebook share in our overall product portfolio. With the launch of the S and F series, we are confident of wooing the market further,” said Alex Huang, Managing Director, System Business Group, Asus India.
Sandeep Aurora, Director of Marketing, Intel South Asia added, “We’d like to congratulate Asus on the launch of the mainstream S series Ultrabook devices powered by the 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors. These devices will bring an uncompromised computing experience with top of the line aesthetics to the mainstream.”
Part of the S series, the Asus S56CA-XX030R is priced at Rs 46,999 and the Asus S56CA-XX056R is priced at Rs. 52,999. The F series Asus F501A-XX187R is priced at Rs. 35,999 and comes with one year onsite warranty.