ASUS Brings ZENBOOK Ultrabook To Malaysia

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Asus ZENBOOK Launch (7)-LR
Asus ZENBOOK Launch (7)-LR

Image courtesy of ASUS Malaysia

ASUS joins the ultrabook party with the long-awaited ZENBOOK. Following successful launches in New York, London and Tokyo, ASUS revealed the sleek, super slim and lightweight notebook to Malaysian audiences at a launch event in Kuala Lumpur alongside technology partner Intel.

The past year has seen the rise of tablets thanks to the likes of the iPad and Android-based tablet devices. The ultrabook category, on the other hand, whilst isn’t entirely new, is seen to satisfy the needs “in-betweeners” – users who want more than a tablet but less of the bulk and weight of a traditional notebook. The ZENBOOK exemplifies the fusion of aesthetic form and technology, marking ASUS’ first foray into this growing category.

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Asus ZENBOOK Launch (3)-LR

Image courtesy of ASUS Malaysia

With a thickness of 3mm at the front and 9mm at the rear, the ZENBOOK lays claim to be the thinnest ultrabook in the market. You will undeniably notice its sleek exterior lines and silver exterior panel that features a concentric circle design. Being lesser in physical means equate to lesser performance of course. The ZENBOOK comes in two flavours – the 11.6″ UX21 and the 13.3″ UX31. Powering the new ASUS ZENBOOK is the latest ,Intel 2nd generation mobile-optimised quad-core i5-2467QM 2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9Ghz) processor or quad-core i7-2677QM 2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9Ghz). Certainly no slouches.

ASUS UX21

Image courtesy of ASUS Malaysia

Pushing the performance envelop further, the ZENBOOK comes standard with SATA Revision 3.0 solid state storage (SSD), Bluetooth v4.0 and USB 3.0. SSD is fast becoming standard feature in today’s notebooks offering unparalleled performance, energy and weight savings. An ASUS-designed custom cooling technology improves airflow and cooling. A handy plus is the inclusion of USB Charger+ technology which enables fast charging of portable devices via the USB 3.0 port. The ZENBOOK comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Battery life is rated at 5 hours and 7 hours for the UX21 and UX31 respectively.

The ASUS ZENBOOK™ will be available in Malaysia starting November 10, 2011 with prices starting at RM3,299 (suggested SRP). Consumers will be able to purchase their ZENBOOK™ from ASUS authorized dealers and the ASUS roadshow at Low Yat Plaza’s concourse, which ends on November 13, 2011.

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Specifications at a glance 

Model ASUS ZENBOOK™ UX21 (Ultrabook™) ASUS ZENBOOK™ UX31 (Ultrabook™)
CPU i5-2467QM (4 core)-2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9)/6M i7-2677QM (4 core)-2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9)/6M
Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium – 64bit
Display 11.6 (16:9) 13.3 (16:9)
Backlight/ Resolution 450 nits HD 1366×768 450 nits HD+ 1600X900
Memory DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (on board)
Storage SATA Revision 3.0 128GB SSD SATA Revision 3.0 256GB SSD
USB Charger+ Yes
Instant on Always resume in 2 seconds
Keyboard 268 Chiclit KB
Wireless Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth™ V4.0
Battery Life – estimate 35W (5+ hrs) 50W (7+hrs)
Camera Digital 0.3M Pixel
Audio ASUS SonicMaster Technology HD Audio
Speakers Bang and Olfusen ICEpower® Technology
Interface 6 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA) 7 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA / SD card reader)
USB 3.0 1 Port
Dimensions / Weight 3mm at the front, 9mm at the rear
1.1kg 1.3kg
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*Product test results, specifications and features may change without prior notice. Check zenbook.asus.com for further details.
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ASUS ZENBOOK™ Hits Malaysian Shores 

ASUS, Malaysia’s fastest growing notebook brand introduces the latest technology and design in ultra-portable notebook that features a perfect fusion of beauty and strength in harmony

Kuala Lumpur (November 9, 2011) ? After the successful launches in New York, London and Tokyo, ASUS Country Manager for Malaysia Stanley Chen unveiled the long-anticipated ZENBOOK™ that fuses masterpiece design and incredible performance at a launch event in Kuala Lumpur along with Intel Country Manager, Prakash Mallya. This successfully launched event marks a historic moment of Malaysia’s Ultra Era, with the combination of next generation technology and timeless craft to create the essential companion for this new mobile, digital era.

“Finding the right balance isn’t easy, especially in our hectic lives. We believe everyone wants balance in tranquility, and this requires finding new values”, says Stanley. “Beauty brings to mind the value of simplicity, and strength reminds us the value of energy. If we put them together we can create something truly incredible.”

Stanley also demonstrated some of the key incredible principles that guided ASUS’ development team during the ZENBOOK™ design phase.

Pure Design – Art melds seamlessly with technology upon viewing the ASUS ZENBOOK™. The silver exterior panel features a concentric circle design that refracts a halo of light that excites the senses.  With a thickness of 3mm at the front and 9mm at the rear, the ZENBOOK™’s exterior lines are sleek, making it the thinnest Ultrabook on the market and perfect for users constantly on-the-go or in the classroom.

Unrivalled Performance – The ZENBOOK™ is designed with an instant-on feature that resumes the system in about 2 seconds* and features incredible standby times up to 2 weeks*, which is four times more than the industry standard. Although svelte and sleek, the ZENBOOK™ packs an impressive and uncompromising list of technological breakthroughs. It uses the latest Intel® 2nd generation Core™ processors (optimized for mobile use), SATA Revision 3.0 solid state storage (SSD), Bluetooth™ V4.0 and USB 3.0. ASUS has also added USB Charger+ technology, which uses the powered USB 3.0 port to recharge portable devices in a fraction of the time it would normally take. To accommodate all of these technologies, ASUS engineers designed custom cooling technology using a V-shaped channel with a unique copper fin design for improved airflow and cooling. When battery life dips below 5 percent, the ZENBOOK™ will automatically save files in progress to prevent data loss.

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Incredibly Green – The ZENBOOK™ provides its users a peace of mind in knowing that they are consuming less energy. It utilizes ASUS’ patented Super Hybrid Engine II technology, which intelligently conserves battery life and allows the ZENBOOK™ to have up to 25% more battery life* than other Ultrabook designs.

Transcending Audio – Recognizing that an Ultrabook is not only a tool for work, but also for entertainment, each ZENBOOK™ is equipped with ASUS SonicMaster technology, an optimized fusion of hardware and software developed by the ASUS Golden Ear team and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®. SonicMaster provides a wide sonic spectrum surround sound that can fill a room with smooth jazz or the tranquil sound of a mountain stream.

Leading Technology Partnership – Intel’s Country Manager Prakash Mallya, expressed his excitement that Intel contributed the incredible processor technology for ASUS’s groundbreaking masterpiece.

“We at Intel are very excited about the Ultrabook like the ASUS ZENBOOK™. The creation of the Ultrabook has not only created a new category of mobile devices, but it is also fundamentally transforming the personal computing experience. We at Intel have been working hard to define the Ultrabook category to not only cater to the current demands and lifestyle of PC users but also to provide a satisfying personal computing experience, both from an emotional and a rational perspective.

Intel will continue to drive the PC innovation by creating better processors and bringing in new technologies for Ultrabooks as we believe that the mobile computing devices category will continue to evolve further led by strong demands for high-performing technologies, packaged as slim, lightweight devices for portability and easy access to the internet.”

The ASUS ZENBOOK™ will be available in Malaysia starting November 10, 2011 with price starting at RM3,299 (suggested SRP). Consumers will be able to purchase their ZENBOOK™ from ASUS authorized dealers and the ASUS roadshow at Low Yat Plaza’s concourse, which ends on November 13, 2011.

Specification 

Model ASUS ZENBOOK™ UX21 (Ultrabook™) ASUS ZENBOOK™ UX31 (Ultrabook™)
CPU i5-2467QM (4 core)-2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9)/6M i7-2677QM (4 core)-2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9)/6M
Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium – 64bit
Display 11.6 (16:9) 13.3 (16:9)
Backlight/ Resolution 450 nits HD 1366×768 450 nits HD+ 1600X900
Memory DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (on board)
Storage SATA Revision 3.0 128GB SSD SATA Revision 3.0 256GB SSD
USB Charger+ Yes
Instant on Always resume in 2 seconds
Keyboard 268 Chiclit KB
Wireless Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth™ V4.0
Battery Life – estimate 35W (5+ hrs) 50W (7+hrs)
Camera Digital 0.3M Pixel
Audio ASUS SonicMaster Technology HD Audio
Speakers Bang and Olfusen ICEpower® Technology
Interface 6 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA) 7 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA / SD card reader)
USB 3.0 1 Port
Dimensions / Weight 3mm at the front, 9mm at the rear
1.1kg 1.3kg

*Product test results, specifications and features may change without prior notice. Check zenbook.asus.com for further details.

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  • BudakFelda

    how about price in malaysia ???

  • I like this. Don’t get the little girl modelling the 11.6″ one, though. Are they using her for size comparison? Or saying that its a good notebook for kids?
    Btw, you get any deals for this?

    • I don’t get the little girl modeling the ‘book either. @wackybecky should be able to hook you up to a media discount 😉