Asus unveils thinnest ultrabook with discrete graphics

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The new Asus Zenbook UX331 fits a discrete graphics card in an ultra-portable frame. (Asus)

Asus has unveiled the newest version of its ZenBook laptop, which includes a discrete graphics card inside an ultra-thin and lightweight frame.

The new laptop, called ZenBook 13 UX331, measures just 0.47 to 0.55 inches in thickness and weighs in at only 2.47 lbs., measurements that make it the thinnest laptop with discrete graphics.

However, the ZenBook packs a punch inside its very portable frame courtesy of an Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 discrete graphics card. This will allow the notebook to have extra performance for gaming and other graphics-intensive tasks.

The addition of the discrete graphics makes the ZenBook 13 UX331 stand out over other ultrabook competitors, which mostly carry an integrated Intel UHD graphics solution. With this boost, Asus is foreseeing as much as a 33 percent increase in its sales of gaming laptops.

Aside from its discrete graphics, the ultrabook includes some of the most modern hardware specifications available in the market today. It is powered by an eighth-generation Intel i5-8250U processor, which clocks in at 1.6 GHz with a Turbo mode of 3.4 GHz.

To assist in lightning speed processes, the new laptop has an 8-gigabyte (GB) system random access memory (RAM) as well as a 256 GB solid state drive for internal storage.

For its display, the laptop will make use of its powerful graphics card by employing a 13.3-inch display with Full HD resolution.

Connectivity-wise, the laptop has a USB Type-C port and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. It also has an HDMI port and a microSD card reader.

The ultrabook is equipped with a full size backlit keyboard and a battery that could power it for up to 14 hours. The laptop also has fast charge technology, which Asus says will enable the notebook to be charged up to 60 percent in just 50 minutes.

The ZenBook 13 UX331 is now available in the United States and is priced at $999.