You all thought netbook was dead, right? Not so! Asus still makes them and their newest addition is Asus VivoBook X102BA netbook with 10 inch touch-display.
Looking much like Asus 1015E netbook, that you can buy with either
windows 8 for about $243 or
Ubuntu software for about $210, the newest VivoBook X102BA netbook features Windows 8 OS bundled with Microsoft Office 2013 (Home & Student). We already know there’ll be no more Windows RT for Asus.
Netbooks aren’t synonymous with touch-screens, but here it is. The VivoBook features 10.1-inch TN multi-touch display of 1366 x 768 pixels.
The VivoBook X102BA netbook features speedy 1 GHz dual-core AMD Temash (A4-1200) processor with AMD RAdeon 8180 graphics and 4GB of RAM (min 2GB). There is a 320 GB of standard hard drive (or optional 500GB) with SD card reader for additional space, plus 32 GB of Asus cloud WebStorage. The netbook connects to the internet via WiFi 802.11b/g/n, or LAN and other devices via Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, VGA, one USB 3.0 and two 1 USB 2.0.
The AMD Temash Elite Mobility chip draws only 3.9 watts, which means users should enjoy longer battery life using standard 22Whr battery, but to be sure Asus offers a 33Whr battery option.
The netbook has been seen in EU for €330 ($440). While this netbook won’t slice any record, the device could be attractive at sub $300 mark.
On a related news, Asus is also working on a new Chromebook this year. Both new and Asus VivoBook X102BA netbook are likely to be unveiled in September, but there is no word on US availability, or prices.
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