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  • rebornyama - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    You mean the body is made of glass? Oh well, that just shattered my heart. Reply
  • gxtoast - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Gorilla Glass on the whole front of the laptop? That's smart. I'm hoping for this kind of thing in a 15" factor with an Iris Pro part in it. Reply
  • daviderickson - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    No thunderbolt??? ARGHH........ Reply
  • MartinT - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Will there be Haswell Zenbooks with matte screens? All this glass is just silly from an ergonomics POV. Reply
  • FlyBri - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    I'm wondering the same thing, and am a little worried considering one of Intel's requirements to be considered an Ultrabook is having a touchscreen. I won't worry at all though if there will somehow be matte touchscreens coming soon. Reply
  • ericwaltz - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - link

    This is what I don't understand. Why people care about touchscreens so much. I cannot imagine any scenario where it could help my usage. It has only disatvantages (lower-quality screen, shorter battery life) Reply
  • Visual - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    How hard is it to make this into a tablet? Damn you Asus, and Microsoft, and the whole industry for seemingly conspiring to just never do things right and release a proper tablet for so long... Reply
  • kyuu - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    There's no way you're cramming a 28W CPU into a tablet form factor, unless you want a brick with fans that will have a couple hours of battery life at best.

    So, the answer is: it's very hard to make this into a tablet.
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  • sna1970 - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    we have a 7 watt Haswell cpu with GT3

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/power-savin...
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  • Gigaplex - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    A 7 watt Haswell CPU with GT3 in a tablet form factor would have very little to do with this Ultrabook, so to answer the original question, it's difficult to make *this* into a tablet. Reply
  • jeffkibuule - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Those are Ivy Bridge, not Haswell, and definitely don't have GT3 graphics. Reply
  • kpal12 - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Haswell Y series will have a 6W tdp, and some will have GT3 (not Iris Pro/Iris HD) Reply
  • Visual - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    You must be using the "Apple" definition of what a "tablet form factor" is...

    "There's no way" ?
    Then how come I've had an OK tablet convertible HP tm2 that even has discrete GPU for years now, with 7 hour battery life (but terrible display quality).
    Or how come Asus could do it with the ep121 (even though with the completely wrong type of CPU even back in its time)?
    I just want the same thing with an update to a good screen and new CPUs.

    What I want is the same as what they have now. I don't want it to be much smaller or lighter or anything, aside from the obvious and trivial reduction from removing the keyboard and hinges...
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  • ssiu - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Take a chassis like this and do slight modification to
    -- allow the screen to turn around and fold down like a Thinkpad Twist (traditional Windows convertible), or
    -- allow the screen to fold backwards 360 degrees like Lenovo Yoga, or
    -- flip it like a Dell XPS 12
    etc.

    It may not as thin and light as an average Windows 8 tablet, but if I am already buying a $1000+ nice ultrabook, I would want to pay an extra $100 or so to allow it to be used (secondary / occasional use) as a tablet.
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  • n13L5 - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Tablets suck, I'm glad they keep making laptops...

    Now if they can figure out how to make non-reflective touch screens, I won't be bothered so much by Intel's touchscreen requirement.

    I think that's just Intel trying to help out Microsoft in trade for Microsoft abandoning its promised Windows software compatibility on Arm hardware.
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  • Diogenes5 - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    I love my current Zenbook and an ultrabook with a GT3 would be a nice upgrade. Hopefully the SSD is a high-quality one with good random read/writes (mine has an inferior Sandisk ssd in it instead of a sandforce).

    Hate the fact that Intel is forcing touch to get the ultrabook label. Completely worthless addition to windows that adds weight and virtually no functionality. Also the constant 16x9 ratio's in computers is so frustrating.
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  • gxtoast - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Well, I'm expecting a 15" Ultrabook to be released with an Iris Pro part in it. The Ultrabook has to grow up some day and it may Haswell be today. Arf! Reply
  • ericwaltz - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - link

    Totally agree with that. I don't get the obsession with touchscreens and 16x9 aspect ratio on ultrabooks or business laptops. As a result, there are no good pc laptops nowadays that would fit my needs (or needs of many people who do actual work on their laptops imo). Reply
  • SirPerro - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    Nice, just put gorilla glass on the whole thing, since not enough tears have been cried still with the smartphones. In fact I would create a car entirely made of gorilla glass, if tears is what Asus needs.

    As an owner of a shattered nexus 4 WITH BUMPER I find this a bad joke.
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  • silenceisgolden - Monday, June 03, 2013 - link

    YES, oh wait, 1440. Reply

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