Asus UX31: Will All Ultrabooks Be So MacBook Air-Like?

In September, Australians will see the first Ultrabooks arrive: MacBook Air-thin, Intel machines that may be around $1000 (though laptop makers are reportedly struggling with that). We’ve seen potential leaked shots of Acer's upcoming effort, and now there's Asus' 12- and 13-inch Ultrabooks – complete with fancy aluminium unibody.

As we mentioned around Computex time, the UX21 specs roughly match the MacBook Air and helped Intel conceive the Ultrabook concept. But Asus is also planning that 13-incher (the UX31), and PC & Tech Authority spent time with one in Australia.

Inside the 3mm-17mm wedge of unibody aluminium sits a Core i7-2637M clocked at 1.7GHz (which is half the speed of a desktop Core i7-2600). This is paired with 4GB of DDR3 and a 128GB Sandisk SSD. Shipping models will come with either Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs, and SSD capacity will include 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB options.

The magazine liked the UX31’s 2 second resume from sleep, chiclet keyboard, and unusual ventilation slots. It also has a claimed battery life of 7 hours, Micro HDMI and Mini-Displayport connections. There’s no exact pricing/date just yet, but stay tuned come early September. [PC & Tech Authority]