updated 05:15 pm EDT, Thu June 5, 2008
ASUS' next-gen laptops
ASUS yesterday announced the launch of two next-generation notebook computers with the recently introducesd AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core mobile processors. The 15.4-inch widescreen F5Z and 14-inch F8Tr notebooks share ATI's Radeon HD 3000-series graphics cards for improved graphics and video processing. Along with the rest of the ASUS notebook range, either new notebook PC offers a proprietary operating system that grants access to programs such as Internet, email and chat programs just eight seconds after powering up the laptop.
The F5Z sports an integrated 1.3-megapixel swiveling web cam, and the company's LCD adjustment technology. Other specs are thin, but apart from the CPU and graphics chipset, should share many of the same hardware and software as other laptops in ASUS' F5-series, most closely resembling the F5N content levels.
The F8Tr's body is made using the company's high-tech manufacturing process for scratch-resistant surfaces. It also features a high-resolution webcam that is capable of scanning a user's face thanks to the company's SmartLogon technology, along with a fingerprint scanner for security. Bluetooth and WLAN 802.11 a/g/n wireless connection options are integrated as well.
ASUS has not announced release date or prices for its newest offerings.