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ASUS Introduces R50 UMPC, Bamboo-clad Notebook

Yesterday, ASUS introduced its ASUS R50 UMPC. Weighing a nominal 520g, with a 5.6-inch "Sun Read" LCD screen and at about the size of a passport wallet, the R50 features Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3.5G connectivity, built-in GPS device and a 2-megapixel auto-focusing web camera.

The device also has a built-in "mobile theater", an optional TV tuner, a fingerprint scanner.

The second novelty is the ASUS Bamboo Series notebook, a bamboo-clad product that, according to the press release, is "truly green throughout every phase of its life - from its conception, production and use to its eventual recycling and disposal," whatever that means.

The ultra slim ASUS Bamboo Series notebook is currently available in two versions: a 12.1" model that weighs 1.57kg and an 11.1" model that weighs 1.25kg. Both house Intel Core 2 Duo processors and are fitted with DDR2 RAM.

The notebook supports ASUS Super Hybrid Engine feature that is claimed to extend battery life between 35% and 70% as compared to notebooks with the same specifications but without the technology, and yet enable users to boost their systems' performance by up to 23%. It achieves this by monitoring the power requirements of the notebook's components and automatically adjusting the power levels in real-time to match the current consumption needs. Users can also select from a number of presets manually.

ASUS Bamboo Series notebook specifications:

12.1" 11.1"
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9400/P8600/P8400
Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset
Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100
Intel Core Duo Processor U7600
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN or Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection(optional)
Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate / Business / Home Premium / Home Basic
DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM
12.1" WXGA LED-backlit LCD with Color Shine (Glare-type), Crystal Shine (High brightness) and ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology 11.1" WXGA LED-backlit LCD with Color Shine (Glare-type) and ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS External 256MB VRAM Embedded Intel GMA X3100
2.5" 9.5mm SATA 320/250/160GB 1.8" 9.5mm PATA 80/100/120GB
Hybrid with 256MB flash 32GB SSD
DVD Super Multi Double Layer: Ultra Slim DVD Super Multi Double Layer
8-in-1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,xD, Smart Media, mini SD with adapter, MS-Duo, MS-Pro Duo via adapter 8-in-1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro, mini SD with adapter, MS-Duo, MS-Pro Duo via adapter
0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
3/6/9 cells: 2400/4800/7800 mAh, 3/6/9 cells: 2400/4800/7800 mAh, 26.6/53/80 Whrs
30 x 22 x 2.53 - 3.16 cm (W x D x H) 27.7 x 19.4 x 2.49 ~ 2.9 cm (W x D x H)
1.57 kg, with 3 cell battery pack 1.25 kg, with 3 cell battery, SSD

Source: ASUS

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