Just like in the Windows x86 tablet world, most of the touchscreen-based laptops arriving to the market have Intel processors inside of them. AMD certainly isn’t getting a lot of love here. If you are an AMD fan that wants a touch-laptop, you finally have an option: the ASUS VivoBook.
So what’s under the hood with the AMD-based touch laptop? You get an AMD Trinity APU A8-4555M processor, a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display, 4G of RAM, and a 500GB HDD— alongside a 128GB SSD for quick booting. When it comes to ports you have 3x USB 3.0 ports, a three-in-one card reader, HDMI and VGA.
The laptop’s battery is also not too bad, rated for about 5 hours of use. As for the size of this laptop? The Asus Vivobook U38N measures 12.8” x 8.9” x .07” and weighs just 3.4 pounds.
The bad news is that you can only get your hands on the ASUS VivoBook in Europe, at least for now. No word on a possible launch for the US market. Currently in Europe the notebook sales for the US equivalent of about $1,150. While this isn’t horrible, you would think than an AMD processor would allow pricing to be even lower.
Often times, things cost much cheaper once in the US. If this launched it would likely target a price point around $1000 or less. Why Asus isn’t releasing it in the States remains a bit of a mystery. Perhaps they feel that there is just too many other Windows 8 and RT devices to be competitive?
So what do you think, if the ASUS VivoBook makes it to your market eventually, would you consider it or would the price have to be lower in order for you to be tempted?[ source ]