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:
|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
|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|
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