Asus gets IFA fever with new Gorilla Glass clad flagship Zenbook ultrabooks

Asus has unveiled its newest flagship ultrabooks, the Zenbook UX301 and UX302.

The Windows 8-based devices include the signature Zenbook metallic "spun" metal, but also add a layer of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 for a heavy-duty high-gloss finish.

The Zenbooks include fourth-generation Intel Core processors. Buyers can select the high-end 28W Core i7-4558U dual-core, which "makes light work of even the most demanding applications," Asus said, while the optional 512GB RAID0 SSD storage "turbo-charges performance even more."

There's also a choice between Intel Iris graphics or Nvidia GeForce GT 730M graphics with Optimus technology, as well as a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display or one with a 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD resolution.

With the Zenbook UX301, you also get 802.11ac Wi-Fi for high-speed wireless data, as well as USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0.

All models feature a backlit keyboard with automatic light level control and large multi-touch touchpads with full support for Windows 8 gestures. They also come with SonicMaster audio technology "for rich and detailed sound" with video, music and games.

The Zenbooks will come in what Asus calls Moonstone White or Sapphire Blue. Pricing and availability have not yet been released.

Meanwhile, Asus also unveiled the X102BA, a Windows 8-based ultraportable laptop with a 10.1in 1,366 x 768 display. It runs a 1GHz AMD A4-1200 processor and includes AMD Radeon HD Graphics. The X102BA will come bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, and will be available in four colours: white, black, hot pink, and ocean blue.

Asus has been busy at this year's IFA, introducing a trio of Windows- and Android-based hybrid laptops, as well as a new line of MeMO Pad tablets.