Asus has just announced a 12.5 inch notebook (could be their first one as well) that has some high end hardware specifications. It features Intel Core i3/i5 or an i7 processor, with 8GB of RAM, 750GB of HDD and a weight of 3.4 lb!.
It’s a good thing that it has a 12.5 inch HD screen (1366×768) because on an any screen below 12.5 inches (especially in the 11.6 inch HD screens) with a resolution of 1366×768 can easily strain your eyes (at least that is how it is with my experience with a previous netbook, I even sold it because of that) .
This only “occurs” when you try to use it on a table (as a desktop replacement) rather than on your lap, as the distance between your eyes and the screen getting wider being the reason (for the record: my eyesight is pretty much the average). And of course you really can’t blame netbook as it was never it’s purpose (to replace a desktop that is :D).
Anyhow as said before, this notebook certainly capable of even competing with the so called “Ultrabooks” because it has some powerful hardware features to itself.
Core i3/i5/i7 processor, 12.5 inch backlit anti-glare display (1366×768 HD resolution) 8GB RAM, 320-750GB HDD (SATA), 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, eSata port, Ethernet slot, card reader, comes with Windows 7 Home premium to Professional edition (depending on the configuration), Chicklet style keyboard and a Kensington lock.
It weights 1.5 kg! including the battery and 1.1 inches thick.
But the only thing that could be an issue concerning the battery life (after all this is a mobile computer) is the default battery pack which is a 3-cell battery and when considering the hardware features, I don’t think it’ll be able to run around 7-8 hours (more likely 3-4 hours).
The GPU is the Intel HD 3000 that comes with the Sandy bridge architecture which is more than capable of decoding HD videos (1080p) but since this is an ultraportable device aimed at business minded individuals … no dedicated GPU such as ATI or Nvidia is an option either.
You can learn more from this official Asus B23E product page if interested.