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Mar 13, 2012

Ivy Bridge Powered Asus UX32 Ultrabook Available for Pre-Order in Europe

Uncovered just yesterday, Asus’ UX32Vd Ultrabook with Intel Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia GeForce discrete graphics has just been made available for pre-order by an European online retailer that listed the Zenbook at 1,149 EUR ($1,506 USD).

This is a great deal more than the $1,100 (about 836 EUR) price that The Verge reported yesterday

We can’t however say that this news comes as a huge surprise to us, since European users quite often have to pay much more for computer hardware than their US counterparts.

That being said, the UX32Vd Ultrabook that was listed by the Italian retailer is the most powerful of Asus’ Zenbooks and comes equipped not just with an Ivy Bridge processor, but also with a discrete GPU.

The graphics card in question is the Nvidia GeForce GT 620M, which in the model listed online is paired with an Intel Core i7-3517U CPU.

Clocked at 1.9GHz (3GHz maximum Turbo), the dual-core ultra-low power Intel processor is seconded by 4GB of system memory.

For storage duties, Asus has chosen to rely on a 500GB hard drive which is paired with a 32GB SSD that acts as a fast cache for the HDD.

As far as the display is concerned, the 13.3-inch UX32Vd comes equipped with a 1920x1080 Full HD panel.

Other features include between six and seven hours of battery life, support for Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) technology and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. The Ultrabook runs the Windows 7 Professional operating system.

According to Notebook Italia, the online store that listed the Asus UX32Vd Zenbook says that it will start shipping the device on May 18, 2012.

In addition to the UX32Vd, Asus will also release the UX32A Ultrabook which also packs a 13.3-icnh display, but drops the discrete GPU installed in its older brother.


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