Computex: Asus Pits UX Series Against Apple MacBook Air

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Jonney Shih, the CEO of Asus, announced the release of the UX series a couple of hours ago, which promises to be one of the main rivals to Apple's popular MacBook Air laptop.

Presented at a pre-Computex conference, the UX Series shares the same form factor as Apple's device - including a minimum thickness of 3mm and just 1.1Kg in weight, and packs some very impressive hardware specifications.

These include a second generation Intel Core mobile Sandy Bridge (from i3 up to the i7), an instant on feature that brings back the laptop within two seconds, a 17mm thickness, reinforced hinges, an oversized keyboard and a smartphone-like touchpad, SSD with SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0 with USB charger+.

Shih also highlighted the design of the UX series with a brushed spun finish (reminded us of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) and stated that the UX Series will have a seven-hour battery life with up to seven days in hibernation. Asus' CEO did not say when the laptop will go on sale and at what price.

We also don't know what the exact screen size is (we suspect around 13.3-inch), what resolution it is running on (1366x768 pixels most probably) and the exact configuration (we saw only two USB & a micro HDMI port).