Today we have a very interesting notebook from Asus that is going to be launched in the first week of July and is all set to change the ultraportable scene. Remember the sleek ultraportables that Asus promised us with Optimus and an Intel CULV CPUs? Well the U45J is the first slice of what's coming. We've managed to snag an early sample of their upcoming ultraportable and it's packed to the gills with features.
This variant sports a Core i5 450M running at 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost. The rest of the specs include 3GB DDR3 memory, 640GB hard drive, Nvidia Geforce 310M (1GB RAM)with Optimus, DVD burner and WiFi 802.11'n' with Bluetooth. All of this is packaged is an incredibly slim and stylish package with a lovely LED backlit 14" screen. Asus will hopefully have different SKU's, so you can choose from different price points.
If this can deliver a decent battery life then it won't be long until CULV processors will be a thing of the past and we won't have to settle for mediocre performance anymore. You'll probably still see them in low-end notebooks and netbooks though, so there's still a market for them. Next let's see what you get with notebook.
The sample that we received only came with a charger but we were told that the retail sample will come with a bag and mouse and a one-year global warranty.