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Asus drops Zenbook entry point with Core i3 model

Asus has added yet another model to its burgeoning Zenbook range of Ultrabook laptops, offering a new entry-level option with Intel Core i3 processor to beat off competition from long-time rival Acer.

Asus was one of the first companies to go public with an Ultrabook design, pre-empting even Intel's announcement of the project with the unveiling of its UX21 and UX31 series of MacBook Air-inspired ultra-slim laptops ahead of Computex earlier this year.

As with other Ultrabook designs, however, the devices don't come cheap: available with the choice of Core i5 or Core i7 processor, buyers struggle to get change from a grand with US retail prices for the entry level model sitting at $1,399.

With Acer announcing an entry-level Ultrabook of its own sitting at the magical $999 price point, something needed to be done. That something, it transpires, is a processor downgrade.

The latest Asus Zenbook drops the Core i5 of the current entry-level model for a Core i3, sitting inside its ultra-slim chassis with 11.6-inch display. The remainder of the specifications are roughly similar, with 4GB of RAM, a somewhat small 64GB solid-state storage device, one each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, microHDMI and mini-VGA outputs, and the usual webcam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The company, sadly, has yet to confirm UK pricing, but has launched the device in the US at $1,099 - a major saving over the Core i5 model, but still higher than Acer's rival offering. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.