The Intel Skylake-U are close, perhaps closer than expected, since the notebooks equipped with these chips are already in the lists of the first stores in Europe (Belgium and the Netherlands, especially). And the ASUS Zenbook UX303UB confirms it. The Taiwanese company has not yet announced a refresh of its ultrabook – we think that will do it in two weeks at IFA 2015 in Berlin – but the traces online melt any doubt we indeed I provide details (but still approximate) on the technical details, pricing sale and availability.
ASUS Zenbook UX303UB is the new version with an Intel Core i7-6500U (Skylake) to 2.5GHz, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on SSD drive. According to reports from Intel, Skylake will be faster (+ 10%) and more efficient chips Broadwell, ensuring a 34% boost in 3D graphics, but at the moment we do not have instruments to confirm it. But know that the Core i7-6500U is one of two premium models (with Core i7-6600U) family Skylake-U, is a dual-core processor with a frequency of up to 3.1GHz and Intel HD Graphics 520. very little consumption, 15W, so it fits perfectly to the chassis as thin as those of ultrabook.
The other new feature is the graphics: the ASUS Zenbook UX303UB mount an Nvidia GeForce GT 940M with 2GB of dedicated memory, which will be able to easily handle the 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The rest of the budget includes a module WiFi 802.11ac (WiDi), Bluetooth 4.0, and of course Windows 10 preinstalled. For now, but we are still at the beginning, it seems the only SKU available ASUS UX303UB but do not exclude that in the coming weeks do peeking other configurations, perhaps with 3K display and more storage solutions.
The design should not change and even finishes. ASUS Zenbook is UX303UB preorder in Europe to guide price of 1,100 to 1,200 Euros (VAT included), virtually the same end of the current Zenbook UX303LN.