The Asus Vivobook S500 and S550 ultrabooks appeared three months ago, so it’s time for the company to introduce an update. Dubbed Asus VivoBook S551, the new ultrabook steps things up nicely in various hardware departments. As an example, it has the somewhat outdated Ivy Bridge chips replaced with the spanking new Haswell processors.

There are two different hardware options one with a Core i7 processor and another with the more affordable Core i5. The basic model will come with a 500GB HDD and a couple of 2GB RAM modules. Asus also brings to the table a slightly enhanced discrete GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GT640M, compared to the GT635M used by the predecessors.

Finally, Asus adds touchscreen capability to the 15.6” display and the S551 is more manageable for road warriors too, since it is 0.2kg lighter and rated for 6 hours of operational time with a single charge. The new ultrabook will go for sale for about $1000 (Approx. £644) sometime next month.

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