Only about three months have passed since Asus brought the world the VivoBook S500 and S550 ultrabooks, but that can’t stop the Taiwanese from already enriching the family with a model dubbed VivoBook S551.
Though the name is very similar to that of the S550, the newly unveiled laptop distinguishes itself from its predecessor by stepping things up in a number of departments. First and most importantly, the S551 replaces the “dated” third-gen Intel Core Ivy Bridge processors with improved, spanking new Haswell chips.
There should be at least two different configurations, one with a Core i5 CPU and one with i7, but the details are slim as to the differences between them. What’s clear nonetheless is the entry-level config will come with 4 GB of RAM in two, plus a 500 GB HDD.
Another significant performance bump the S551 brings to the table is the Nvidia GT740M graphics card (the S550 uses a slightly older GT635M), while finally the newer ultrabook’s 15.6-inch screen is touch-enabled.
No words on resolution yet, whereas the design is very similar, but somehow Asus managed to drop the weight from 2.6 to 2.4 kg. The battery is officially rated at six hours of life between charges and there’s a DVD combo drive for nostalgic folks.
In terms of pricing and availability, we have nothing official to report, but my guess is the Asus VivoBook S551 will go for sale sometime next month for $1,000 and up.