Asus announces first Intel ultrabook release date

Asus has announced that it will start peddling what it thinks is the first Intel-branded Ultrabook on 11 October.

Dubbed the UX21 ultra thin laptop, Asus will be launching the toy at an event in New York, according to the company website.

Ultrabooks are Intel’s great white hope. While many think they are an answer to MacBook Airs, they are more likely to be useful tablets.

The first Ultrabooks, including the Asus UX21, are based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge but the chip giant is touting its next-generation, 22nm Ivy Bridge as the real Ultrabook chip.

The problem for Intel is that it is getting tricky to get its manufacturers to make Ultrabooks at a price that will allow them to catch on. It wants them set at $999 while the manufacturers are saying that the price of the chip will have to come down for that to happen.

The Asus ultrabook will be under $1,00 and will have an 11-inch screen and a sloping design, which starts at 7mm in the back and tapers to 3mm. It has a USB 3.0 port and a mini-HDMI port.

The version of the UX21 which Asus was showing around in May had a a 1.7GHz Core i5-2557M processor. Now Asus says it will have chips up to the Core i7.

The UX21 has an option for either a 64GB or a 128GB solid state drive and the computer maker says its Ultrabook can resume from sleep in two seconds, thanks to the fact it can actually use the coffee which is spilt over it.  We made that last bit up.