Asus is expected to present at the beginning of next year a machine rather interesting: The U32U. Based on a chassis 13.3 "of U36, the newcomer will be equipped with an AMD Zacate E-450 and its Radeon 6320 graphics chipset.
If we do not yet know its price in euros, I put in a position straddling the ultraportables and the EeePC 1215B is around 450 €, the U32U also arises between the two categories of equipment point of view. With a 13.3 "1366 x 768 with one hand as the U36, but an AMD E-450 as the 1215B is a device that will provide a bit of both worlds.
ASUS U32J Battery info:
Battery Type: Li-ion
Voltage: 14.4V or 15V
Capacity: 4400mAh / 8Cell
It was discovered the new AMD APU some time ago with the introduction of E-450 and the formalization of the E-300. We now know very well the E-350 that are the source of the most interesting machines of the Year 11.6 "of a performance standpoint, the two new models expand the range just by offering performance and price above and below the current offer.
The E-450 does not differ very much from the current E-350: Its frequency increases to 1.65GHz instead of 1.6GHz and a priori we stay on the same processor architecture. It is at the graphics that supply grows with a Radeon HD 6320 instead of 6310 and now a Turbo Mode to switch core frequency of 508MHz for the latter at 600MHz on demand. The E-300 will turn on him at 1.3GHz. The two chips have a TDP of 18 watts.
On one side of the B940 Intel against AMD E-450 and B800 the other against the E-300. Two chips that consume 35 watts and have obviously a more significant impact on the battery that the APU from AMD.
AMD focuses on the autonomy offered by these chips and their multimedia capabilities and office. While there is no doubt that the AMD chips are more interesting than the Intel Atom in terms of multimedia, it can not fight on the front of autonomy. AMD makes in this video chose two very specific Intel processors to support his argument.
This does not diminish the capabilities of new Zacate, just that the game of the comparison is always difficult because there is no real standard of performance or consumption purposes only. Intel could play the same type of communication squashing the APU from AMD with an Atom view autonomy. Or conversely to reduce shrinking the performance of core i Zacate with the latest generation. The new chips from AMD certainly have a lot of interest and I look forward to test future HP DM1 who will be equipped. But their presence in the market has as much interest as other competing chips.
ASUS U32JC Battery Compatible original Battery Code:
4INR18/65 4INR18/65-2 A41-U36 A42-U36
The U32U will be equipped with 2 to 4GB of memory and 320 to 500GB of storage, it has 3 USB ports including 2 USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0, a wireless N, HDMI output, and especially of a 5600 mAh 8-cell battery. The image above presents a version of DOS but I doubt it is available in France.
Asus seeks to provide a vehicle 13.3 "22 mm thick, able to offer an effective response to most of the roaming needs and that with 12 hours of battery life. We should have more information on this intriguing machine during CES 2012.
I do not know why but I can not tell me that the Ultrabook come as Intel hopes and predictions, to capture 40% of the cell in 2012. In fact, apart from a name change, I do not see what differentiates Ultrabooks of tomorrow with today's ultraportables.
The founder sold the machines as powerful and fine "under the symbolic $ 1,000," translate € 1000 in Europe, the main difference with their ancestors, ultraportable, being the generalization of SSD in them even if Acer seems to tweak a bit with his rule Ultrabook Aspire S3.
Aside from that, I do not see what the end user will actually win: A machine thinner, lighter? That's true but at what cost? The current ultraportables are certainly heavier or thicker but they always brought their own set of features and performance. And again, I do not see the difference between a certified ultrabook like Asus UX21 and an ultraportable like the Samsung 900X1B to € 999? The machine from Samsung is ultrafine, lightweight, SSD and Core i3 as it costs less than € 1000, so it's a ultrabook without knowing it.
Are these machines are selling well? Okay, no, they have an audience, a niche as they say in the trade, but not on why brands build their strategy. Then imagine that these same devices 200 or € 300 less will sell like hotcakes, enough to stuff yourself 40% market share, I think is completely illusory.
In 2012 there will be major challengers face ultrabooks: The 11.6 "more muscular. We have seen throughout the last 2 years: The Acer 1830 or 1410, the Gateway NS10, the Thinkpad Edge X12x Lenovo, and many others ... gear located between 400 and € 600. Much cheaper even with solutions like the AMD Fusion E-450, less efficient machines in the Core i3 pure math, but surprising in multimedia and 3D. But there will also be on ARM machines which, if Windows 8 is ported to these platforms effectively, should offer an interesting alternative.
Intel believes hard as iron, Ultrabooks are the future of mobile computing. So attractive and interesting that they should capture 40% of sales of laptops next year according to the founder. The ultrabooks, these devices are lightweight and powerful indeed many attractions but they also have quite a big flaw: Their rates.
The user will eventually become more choices: The 11.6 "performing traditional and expensive, ultrabooks equally powerful and expensive but lighter and thinner, machines such as netbooks transitions less efficient but also 2 or 3 times cheaper or smartbooks slower but pure math as capable as large machines for the leisure and multimedia, cheaper, lighter, autonomous and thinner than ultrabooks.
ASUS U32U Battery Fit machine:
ASUS U32 Series ASUS U32J Series ASUS U32JC Series ASUS U32U Series
While 40% of market share for vehicles between 700 and € 1000 in 2012? I can not believe for one second. Intel will be fine out the big guns to the next Intel Developer Forum to tout the range ultrabook, the public is in my opinion not willing to pay 2 times more in 2012 than it paid in 2011 for access to more finesse or SSD: These technological developments are natural stages of the market and should not cause such an additional cost but should be absorbed into a growing sense of existing machines.