Asus baking half a dozen ultrabook models

— 10:00 AM on August 29, 2011

Asus head Jonney Shih has confirmed that the company will offer 5-6 different ultrabook flavors in October. Price tags will range from $900 to a whopping $2,000, he says, so premium models are definitely a part of the mix. Although screen sizes of 11.6" and 13.3" are in the cards, it's unclear whether all the models will be based on the same slim UX Series design shown at Computex earlier this year. With multiple screens and configuration options, I suspect Asus will be able to offer half a dozen distinct iterations without having to bust out a new chassis.

Curious about the competition? Notebook Italia snagged some pictures of an upcoming Acer ultrabook with an aluminum chassis and what appears to be a 13" screen. Dubbed the Aspire 3951, the system will reportedly accommodate a Core i7 CPU and up to 128GB of solid-state storage. Engadget says the Aspire will cost between $770 and $960 when it hits the market in September.

DigiTimes expects big-name notebook makers like Dell and Toshiba to be "cautious" about ultrabooks. If so, Acer and Asus could be set for an ultrabook showdown. It'll be interesting to see how the companies' competing offerings shake out.

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