Asus will be releasing a 10-inch Ultraportable notebook, powered by an AMD processor, the Asus VivoBook X102BA. The VivoBook X102BA falls under the category of a notebook thanks to its ultra-portable design. Despite its size, we still can’t call it an Ultrabook, since an “Ultrabook” exclusively refers to an Intel-powered / Super portable notebook or laptop. Check out more details about the X102BA below.
The Asus VivoBook X102BA features a 10.2-inch display at 1366×768 resolution. Most probably it would be a touch display since it is a “VivoBook”, and it runs on Windows 8. The 1366×768 is pretty much the standard resolution for notebooks nowadays. But it would be better if they start making the 1080p resolution a standard since the 4k revolution has begone.
Under its hood, the Asus VivoBook X102BA is powered by an AMD A4-1200 dual-core APU clocked at 1.0GHz. Not much of processing power, but this just made this notebook cheaper. The AMD A4 APU has an integrated Radeon HD 8180 graphics processor clocked at 225MHz, just enough for you to enjoy simple games, but definitely not games like Crysis 3.
There will also be two storage options for the Asus VivoBook X102BA, a 320GB hard drive with a 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and a 500GB with 4GB of DDR3L RAM. I think the 500GB HDD + 4GB RAM is the better choice if you don’t want a slow notebook. There’s no word yet if the 4GB RAM is soldered on the motherboard of the X102BA, or if it is upgradable. But pray that it is upgradable and the HDD can be replaced with an SSD.
As for its Input/Output ports, the VivoBook X102BA has two USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 port (I wish they really stop doing this, and just use USB 3.0 all the way), paired with a VGA and HDMI ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as an SD card reader. As for its wireless connectivity, it has standard WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The battery is reported to last 5 hours of use and comes in two variants – a 22wH and a 33wH. Perhaps the 33wH is the one that will last for up to 5 hours.
Asus VivoBook X102BA Price and Release Date
The Asus VivoBook X102BA is expected to be released this coming September (next month) and with a price tag of around $440 USD or 330 Euros. With that kind of price, I think the X102BA would be a great companion for students. And hopefully, aside from the Windows 8 OS, it will be bundled with an MS Office Home and Student 2013.
If you can’t wait for this model, or if you feel that you need more processing power, check out some of the best Asus VivoBook lineups that is currently available in the market:
Asus VivoBook V551 – A 15.6-inch Ultrabook powered with the latest 4th Generation Intel Core Haswell processor.
Asus VivoBook S400CA-DB51T
- Intel Core i5 3337U 1.8GHz
- 6GB SO-DIMM
- 500GB Hard Drive with 24 GB Solid State Drive
- 14-Inch Touchscreen
- Windows 8
- Only $699
ASUS Vivobook V550CA-DB71T
- Intel Core i7 3537U 2.0 GHz
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- 1TB Hard Drive
- 15.6-Inch Touchscreen
- Windows 8, 5.5-hour battery life
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Only $857.99
Note: Prices are subject to change without notice. Best visit the page to see the latest offer.