Asus reportedly plans to update its 12.1 inch Asus UL20a notebook by swapping out the Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor for Intel’s latest ULV chipset. Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but SemiAccurate reports that the new model will be dubbed the Asus UL20FT and that it will be available with a choice of processors.
What we do know is that Asus will offer the UL20FT with a choice of two different CPU’s, the Celeron U3400 and the Core i3 330UM, both of which are low power mobile processors. The Celeron U3400 should have a clock speed of a mere 1.02GHz and lacks support for Turbo Boost, while the Core i3 330UM is slightly faster at 1.2GHz, although again, this CPU shouldn’t have Turbo Boost support, unlike the Core i5 UM processors. On a brighter note, Asus has implemented its Turbo33 technology which allows both CPU’s to be overclocked by up to 33 percent.
The UL20FT will come with up to 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory, up to 500GB of hard drive space and it will of course also have Wi-Fi and onboard Ethernet. The 12.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1366×768, the same as its larger siblings. At 1.56kg this notebook is competing with netbooks in terms of weight, although we’d expect it to be somewhat more expensive. The final price will of course depend on a combination of the hardware and operating system, as Asus will offer the UL20FT which a choice of various Windows 7 versions. We’ll bring you more details of Asus’ new notebooks from Computex, as the company should launch a wide range of new models at the show.
There’s no word on pricing or availability — or whether the computer will look any different than the UL20A. But Asus is expected to show off the new model at Computex next week, so we should have more information soon.