ASUS ZenBook UX305 Will Be Based on Core M (Broadwell)

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | September 9, 2014 - 01:49 AM |
Tagged: Intel, asus, core m, broadwell-y, Broadwell, 14nm, ultrabook

This will probably be the first of many notebooks announced that are based on Core M. These processors, which would otherwise be called Broadwell-Y, are the "flagship" CPUs to be created on Intel's 14nm, tri-gate fabrication process. The ASUS ZenBook UX305 is a 13-inch clamshell notebook with one of three displays: 1920x1200 IPS, 1920x1200 multi-touch IPS, or 3200x1800 multi-touch IPS. That is a lot of pixels to pack into such a small display.

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While the specific processor(s) are not listed, it will use Intel HD Graphics 5300 for its GPU. This is new with Broadwell, albeit their lowest tier. Then again, last generation's 5000 and 5100 were up in the 700-800 GFLOP range, which is fairly high (around medium quality settings for Battlefield 4 at 720p). Discrete graphics will not be an option. It will come with a choice between 4GB and 8GB of RAM. Customers can also choose between a 128GB SSD, or a 256GB SSD. It has a 45Wh battery.

Numerous connectivity options are available: 802.11 a, g, n, or ac; Bluetooth 4.0; three USB 3.0 ports; Micro HDMI (out); a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack; and a microSD card slot. It has a single, front-facing, 720p webcam.

In short, it is an Ultrabook. Pricing and availability are currently unannounced.

Source: ASUS

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September 9, 2014 | 09:13 AM - Posted by GutsNotDead (not verified)

I'm glad I'm seeing 1080P displays on those netbooks, but the price, judging from previous Anus offerings, ain't gonna be modest.

I was looking at the HP Stream 14 (the chromebook killer) netbook that sports an AMD Mullins APU, a 32Wh battery, four built-in Beats Audio speakers and a crappy 1366 x 768 display. And I was appalled by the ridiculous idea of spending money on speakers instead of a quality display. HP does the same to their Chromebooks. Don't those c**k su***rs understand how important it is to have a decent looking display on your notebook?

September 9, 2014 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You make the mistake of assuming customers care about screen quality. The dollar trumps quality.

September 9, 2014 | 02:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Those are 1200p displays. which is nice even nicer to see.

September 9, 2014 | 10:26 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'll take one of those Nvidia K1 based chromebooks with a high resolution AH-IPS display, hooked up to a Nvidia Grid based home server, the one that will be running the 12 core 8 treads per core processors, with its Pascal GPUs on a CAPI derived(Nvlink) Mezzanine module. Now where is my triple diamond, gold-pressed latinum card.

September 9, 2014 | 01:25 PM - Posted by GutsNotDead (not verified)

Those are Acer chromebooks. Besides, I wanna learn how to program for those HSA APUs and the $299 netbook from HP seems like an alright choice, except the display is crappy.

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