While ultrabooks may or may not become the new standard for notebooks, if you can’t afford the price of an ultrabook, ASUS has an alternative for you in the form of their new ASUS U32U notebook, which costs about half the price of an ultrabook.
The ASUS U32U will a 13.3” notebook that’s powered by AMD’s E-4 Fusion APU. The E-4 processor will be replacing the AMD E-350 processor that was introduced earlier this year, and will also bring the speed up from 1.6GHz to 1.65GHz. It will sport a display with a native resolution of 1366×768, and it will also feature ATI’s Radeon HD 6320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, three USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0), and an 8-cell 5,600mAh battery that ASUS claims will give you 12 hours worth of run time, which we have to admit is pretty impressive.
So how much will the ASUS U32U cost you? Well, if you’re going for the Windows 7 Home Basic model, expect to pay $509. However if you’d rather it come shipped with DOS because you want to install a different operating system or you already own Windows 7, the DOS version will set you back $449. The ASUS U32U is expected to debut at CES 2012.