Core M-powered ZenBook slims down to 0.48''

Intel's first Broadwell processors will be part of the Core M family, and Asus is putting one of 'em in an ultra-slim notebook. The ZenBook UX305 squeezes the new chip into a clamshell chassis just 0.48" (12.3 mm) thick and 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg).

Despite its slender body, the ZenBook is very well equipped. The 13.3" display is based on IPS panel technology, which should ensure good color reproduction and wide viewing angles. And the 3200x1800 resolution works out to 276 PPI, a higher pixel density than on any Retina-equipped MacBook Pro.

Under the hood, the processor is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state storage. You get three USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized SD slot, a Mini HDMI output, and a 3.5-mm audio jack. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are included, of course.

The six-cell battery is rated for 45Wh, but there's no word on run times. I don't see any mention of pricing or availability, either. The first Core M-powered systems are expected to be available before the end of the year, and more are due in early 2015. Since the UX305 was on display at IFA last week, it could be one of the earlier arrivals.

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