Asus today announced the ZenBook UX305 Ultrabook that happens to be the cheapest Intel Core M powered ultrabook yet. The Asus ZenBook UX305 is also incredibly thin with maximum thickness of 0.48-inch. That makes it the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook. It is also incredibly light weight at just 2.6lbs.
Despite its low starting price, the Asus ZenBook UX305 is built with solid aluminum with diamond-cut highlights. As far as the hardware goes, the ZenBook UX305 is powered by the latest Intel Core M Broadwell CPUs and includes 8GB RAM on the base mode. It isn’t clear if the higher end model will also include 8GB RAM or higher 16GB. The base model also gets a 256GB SSD drive, making the $699 price-tag seem like a steal.
The $699 model includes a 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS matte display while the more expensive variant will be available with a QHD+ display. The QHD+ display also includes a touchscreen, something that the 1080p panel lacks. You will find a total of three USB 3.0 ports on the notebook and a USB Ethernet adaptor is bundled with the UX305 for convenience when wireless connectivity is not available.
The Asus ZenBook UX 305 UX305FA-ASM1 base model will be available in the US market starting today at an MSRP of $699. The QHD+ display variant of the ultrabook will go on sale a few weeks later, although no specific details on the differences apart from the display resolution are clear yet.