Asus Zenbook UX301: Haswell, Gorilla Glass 3 lid, high-res displayBy Shawn Knight 11 comments
Asus' premium Ultrabook line is getting an update with a new model that features a faster processor, faster Wi-Fi and a high-resolution display. The 13.3-inch Zenbook UX301 boasts a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel IPS touch screen panel and a Gorilla Glass 3 coating on the outer lid to cover the spun metal design for a smooth and scratch-resistant finish.
Asus is quick to point out that Gorilla Glass 3 has three times the scratch resistance of Gorilla Glass 2 and offers a 40 percent reduction in the number of highly visible scratches, with a 40 percent improvement in retained strength if a deep scratch does occur.
The machine is all business on the inside with up to a fourth generation Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, Intel HD 5100 graphics, up to 8GB of system memory and up to 512GB of flash storage in a RAID 0 configuration. Select models will be available with a discrete Nvidia GT 730M GPU, we're told. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SonicMaster audio technology, a 50Whr battery, mini-DisplayPort, micro-HDMI 1.4, an SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack and USB 3.0 ports all come standard.
The palm rest also contains a bit of glass but Asus added in a ceramic coating so it doesn't feel like glass
The UX301 measures 12.8″ x 8.9″ x 0.61″ and weighs just three pounds. It's not the thinnest or lightest Ultrabook on the market but it looks stunning regardless. It's expected to ship sometime in the fourth quarter in white and dark navy blue. Pricing and exact availability isn't yet known, unfortunately.