Asus Announces AMD-powered X102BA Ultraportable

In case the new Transformer T300 and Zenbook UX301 weren't enough for you, Asus this week also announced the X102BA. Aside from having the least catchy name ever, the X102BA boasts a 10.1-inch touch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution and the latest AMD A Series APU. That's right, after all the Haswell machines we've seen this week, Asus is offering something powered by AMD.

 

The X102BA packs an AMD A4-1200 1 GHz dual-core APU with Radeon HD 8180 graphics, 2 GB of RAM, 320 GB of storage (HDD), USB 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 720p webcam, and Bluetooth 4.0. Users will have the option of upping this to 4 GB of memory and a 500 GB drive, though that will, of course, drive up the cost. That touchscreen display features a multi-touch digitizer that recognizes a contact point of 5 mm in diameter (rather than the Microsoft recommendation of 9 mm).

Asus is also going to bundle Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 so you can get yourself up and running right out of the box. Unfortunately, we have no idea of when that might be, because Asus is keeping details of pricing and availability under wraps. Given the specs (and the fact that SSD storage isn't even an option), we imagine Asus is hoping to keep pricing low with this one. We'll let you know ASAP. 

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  • beta212
    According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_(microarchitecture) the A4-1200 is a 3.9 watt dual core TABLET processor, that said it's still probably more powerful than the majority of the ARM tablets out there. Add a <350 price tag and it'll be a hit.
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  • teh_chem
    An Atom Z2xxx is more powerful than the A4-1200. With the atom baytrail's coming to devices, it'll be an even bigger gap. I would hope that this ultraportable to have mega battery life, otherwise I wouldn't bother touching it. The dual core A4-1200 and 2GB of RAM is far too underpowered for any practical use.
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  • jimmysmitty
    I will have to play with one. I can already say I am weary of its performance as I have messed with their other ones like the E-350 which was just slow as dirt and not even good for a HTPC since it was sluggish.

    Might be good for Android though.

    It will help push ARM a bit as I feel their stuff is not nearly powerful enough for a nice tablet with a full blown OS.

    Plus with Atom this will push prices for SoCs down a lot.
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