Core i3-powered Asus U30Jc listed stateside


— 9:26 AM on April 6, 2010

That didn't take long. Barely a day after the launch of Asus' Core i3- and Nvidia Optimus-powered U30Jc ultraportable, the system has already popped up in Newegg's listings—and exactly at the suggested retail price of $899.99.

This listing sheds a little more light into the system's specifications. We already knew about the Core i3-530M processor, GeForce 310M discrete graphics, and 4GB of DDR3 memory, but Newegg says the laptop also has a 1366x768 display resolution, 512MB of dedicated video memory, a 320GB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive, a DVD "Super Multi" drive, an eight-cell lithium ion battery, and the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.

Newegg also quotes some physical characteristics. The U30Jc weighs 4.8 lbs, and it has a thickness of 0.8-1.2"—not quite as ultraportable as one might think. By contrast, the $799.99 Asus UL30A weighs 3.74 lbs and is only 0.6-0.98" thick. Evidently, the extra horsepower in the U30Jc takes its toll on the mobility side, despite the rated 9.5-hour battery life.

If you're hoping to buy one of these anyway, you'll have to wait. Newegg doesn't even offer a pre-order option; only an "auto-notify" button lies next to the white and gray "image coming soon" graphic.

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