Asus' Core M-powered ZenBook is coming in Q1


— 12:41 PM on January 7, 2015

Intel's Core M processor isn't just for convertibles. The low-power Broadwell variant is also being used in ultra-slim notebooks, including Asus' ZenBook UX305. First revealed in September, the ZenBook is making the rounds at CES this week. Scott snapped a couple of pictures of the finished product, which is due to hit retailers in the first quarter of the year.

The 13.3" system is 0.48" thick and 2.6 lbs. Multiple versions will be available, including variants with 1920x1080 and 3200x1800 display resolutions. Both screens are based on IPS panels with matte coatings, and neither one features touch functionality. Amen, brother.

Under the hood, the UX305 comes with a Core M 5Y10 or 5Y71 processor, 4GB or 8GB of memory, and 128GB or 256GB of solid-state storage. All versions of the machine have 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, full-sized SD slots, and multiple USB ports. 10/100 Fast Ethernet is available via an "external cable."

Pricing hasn't been set, but the specs should allow for a relatively affordable base model. I hope upgrading to the 3200x1800 display isn't too expensive.

   
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