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Next-gen ASUS Zenbooks coming with Ivy Bridge chips, 1080p IPS panels?

Making them even more drool-worthy
by Neps Firmalan | Mar 13, 2012
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Blessed with great looks and innards, the ASUS Zenbook is one of last year's most-anticipated gadgets. We spent a healthy amount of time with it and we found out that it's one noteworthy device, one that backs up its claims nicely (check out our review here). Now, it looks like ASUS could be all set to make its ultrabook even more drool-worthy as reports are now flying that the Taiwanese-titan is gearing for a refresh of the stunning device.

Apparently, The Verge was able to acquire a few documents which say newer versions of both Zenbook models, the 11-inch UX21 and 13-inch UX31, will be packin' goodies like Intel Ivy Bridge chips (Sandy Bridge's follow-up) and Intel HD Graphics 4000. That's not all, if the buzz is true then we could also expect an option to have IPS 1080p panels on upcoming Zenbooks (which might be called the UX21A and UX31A), Intel WiDi (wireless display) and even backlit keyboards, something that many have been clamoring to be put on the device.

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Of course, given that ASUS hasn't given any confirmation about this, we're still taking this one with a grain of salt. For all we know, we could be talking about an entirely different kind of device here and not the Zenbook, right? However, we're not really surprised if this turns out to be true given how fast ultrabooks are evolving. Also, it's just normal to expect ASUS to slap upgrades to the device the year after it was released. The question is, are these the ones that we'll really see?

Check out the gallery below for photos of the ASUS Zenbook

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