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ASUS Announce 2 New Windows 8 Laptops, Both Available With Ubuntu

With Windows 8 now mere weeks away from launch, hardware manufacturers have been clamouring over each other to announce their latest devices geared towards running it.

But what’s that got to do with Ubuntu?

Let’s just say that if every cloud has a silver lining, then every new Windows’ must come with an orange glow…

New ASUS Ubuntu (non-)Netbooks

ASUS, the company who kicked off the infamous ‘race to the bottom‘ netbook market, are gearing up for Windows 8 with a pair of new ‘non-netbook‘ netbooks.

Interestingly, both of these will also be available with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed, indicating that the last batch of Ubuntu netbooks must have sold well for the company…

ASUS F201E with Ubuntu

First up is the ‘stylish’ and colourful ASUS F201E.

Sporting a 11.6″ screen )at 1366×768) it’s larger than the netbooks of old, but more practical for everyday computing because of it.

ASUS f201E in blue

Windows 8 fans will be able to buy the device with either 2GB or 4GB RAM, each available in a range of “stylish” color configurations. Prices start from a not-so-shabby €329.

Only three colours are being made available for the Ubuntu builds – white, blue and red, though it will be cheaper at only €299 - some €60 off of the equivalent Windows version.

ASUS f201e Ports

RAM and colour options aside, the Windows and Ubuntu versions are virtually the same. Both are powered by a 1.1Ghz Sandybridge-based Celeron CPU. This isn’t the fastest chip on the market, but does claims to have incredibly low power consumption – important for a portable device.

Specifications:

  • 11.6″ Screen (1366 × 768)
  • 1.1Ghz (Dual Core) Intel Celeron 847
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • Integrated graphics
  • 3xUSB (inc. 1xUSB 3.0)
  • HDMI in/out
  • Ethernet & WiFi

The ASUS F201E is due for release in Germany on October 26th, and is available to pre-order now from Amazon.de.

Pre-Order Asus F201E Ubuntu from Amazon.de

Other countries will likely follow, though we’ve been told that the Ubuntu version is ‘unlikely‘ to come to the UK. No surprise: none of ASUS’s recent Ubuntu models have, either.

ASUS X201E (Q200E)

Q200e or is that X201e

The X201E - a rebadged version of the touchscreen-toting Windows  8-running ASUS Q200E - had the potential to be the more interesting of this pair… But sadly it’s not.

The X201E ditches the touchscreen, lowers the system specs from a 1.4Ghz i3 CPU to the same 1.1Ghz Celeron 874 found in the F201E above; halves the RAM from 4GB to 2GB; and steals some 160GB of HDD space: -

  • 11.6″ Screen 
  • 1.1Ghz (Dual Core) Intel Celeron 847
  • 2GB RAM
  • Integrated graphics
  • 320GB HDD
  • Wifi, Ethernet
  • 3x USB (inc. 1xUSB 3.0)

The good news is that it is expected to retail for less than the $599 price-tag the Windows version will set you back. Expect to find it on US shelves later this month.

ASUS, via notebookitalia.it