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Asus' 11.6-inch U24E laptop rumored to launch next week

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It looks like November is more than just ultrabook and Transformer Prime month for Asus — unconfirmed reports of a new 11.6-inch Asus laptop running Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset are cropping up in Notebook Review's forum.

Asus U24E
Asus U24E

It looks like November is more than just ultrabook and Transformer Prime month for Asus — unconfirmed reports of a new 11.6-inch Asus laptop running Intel's Sandy Bridge chipset are cropping up in Notebook Review's forum. Member frychiko revealed a detailed list of specs and promo photos of a notebook bearing the model number U24E, and if these specs are to be believed, the U24E will pack a Core i5-2430M with Intel's HD 3000 graphics, a 750GB HDD, HDMI output, and nearly seven hours of battery life.

While Asus' website does not have any solid information, specs, or release date, a search does reveal a generic support page for a notebook with the U24E model number; details on the page are minimal, but it could be a placeholder to go live when the notebook is announced. According to the forum report, this notebook is supposed to be launched on November 6th for ¥59,800, or about $760. That's considerably less than Asus' Zenbook which we just reviewed, but you miss out on the SSD, aluminum body, and super-thin body. The choice is yours, or at least it looks like it will be next week.

Update: Looks like this is no rumor — the U24E will be launching soon, according to a Japanese press release. There's still no word on a US or European release, but we're checking with Asus right now, and will update this post with any details we hear.

Image credit: frychiko (Notebook Review forums)

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