Asus reveals AMD-based Windows 8 VivoBook notebook

Most of the new touch screen notebooks made for Windows 8 have had some version of Intel's Core processor inside. Today, it was revealed that Asus has become one of the first PC makers to offer up a touch screen Windows 8 notebook with an AMD chip.

Asus's website reveals the details of its VivoBook notebook, which has an AMD Trinity APU A8-4555M chip. The 3.4 pound notebook has a 13.3 inch screen with a resolution of 1366x768.  Up to 4 GB of memory can be put inside the notebook, which also comes with both a 500 GB hard drive and a 128 GB SSD.

The AMD-based Asus VivoBook comes with the usual ports, including three USB 3.0 ports, a three-in-one card reader, an VGA port and a HDMI port. The website does not comment on pricing. However, Engadget reports that it is already being sold in Europe for around $1,150. There's no word on when it might show up for sale in the US.

AMD has not been nearly as aggressive as Intel has been in promoting Windows 8-based touch screen notebooks, tablets and convertibles with its chips. So far, the only Windows 8 tablet with an AMD processor inside that has been announced is the Fujitsu Stylistic Q572.

Source: AMD | Image via AMD

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Ice_Blue said,

Nope. The specifications on that same page lists the screen resolution as 1366x768.

true. i am guessing upgrade. at first in the description it says full HD but then i posted before i read *facepalm*

Ezekiel Carsella said,

true. i am guessing upgrade. at first in the description it says full HD but then i posted before i read *facepalm*

yeah, what the hell. how can they call it full hd???

panacea said,

yeah, what the hell. how can they call it full hd???

Because even 480p is technically FULL HD, although most companies are not this disingenuous. Anything that is defined by the HD specifications is technically 'full HD', and there is everything from 480p beyond 1080p.

imforum.eu said,

We. Need. 1920x1080. Only.

I would really like us to get away from low resolution screens. I'm not saying we need retina quality, but 1920x1080 would be a great.

imforum.eu said,

We. Need. 1920x1080. Only.

The problem is there is virtually no desire for competition between OEMs, most are happy with the status quo and while screen res' will creep up eventually it's just not happening fast enough.

imforum.eu said,

We. Need. 1920x1080. Only.

There are still panel shortages and companies like Asus that are trying to burn through older stock 720p HD displays that were all the rage just a year or so ago.