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ASUS has announced the ZENBOOK, a new ultra portable laptop that exhibits some stunning industrial design and doesn’t compromise on performance.

Measuring just 0.11in at the front and tapering to an equally impressive 0.35in at the rear, the ZENBOOK is incredibly svelte and is the thinnest Ultrabook on the market. It packs the latest technology inside, including second generation Intel Core mobile processors, SATA 3.0 solid state storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0, and also includes USB Charger+ technology, which utilises the USB 3.0 port to charge devices in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

The ZENBOOK features instant resume, meaning the computer will be ready to use within two seconds of resuming from standby, and boasts two weeks of standby time – four times the industry standard. It also includes a whole host of ‘green’ technologies, including ASUS’ patented Super Hybrid Engine II technology, which allows the ZENBOOK to intelligently conserve battery life and last up to 25 per cent longer than other Ultrabooks.

Finally, ASUS has signaled that the ZENBOOK isn’t just a tool for work, but also entertainment, thanks to the inclusion of ASUS SonicMaster technology. This is an optimised fusion of hardware and software developed by the ASUS Golden Ear team and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, and delivers excellent sound quality.

There are five models in the range split across two form factors, ranging from the 11.6in UX21E-DH52 which starts at $999 and includes a Core i5-2467M, 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD, right up to the top-of-the-range 13.3in UX31E-DH72 at $1,449. This features a Core i7-2677M, 4GB DDR3 memory and a 256GB SSD.

All models will be available to buy from 12 October. You can see more details on the official ASUS ZENBOOK webpage.

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