ASUS brought us all to Genting Highlands today to witness the launch of the brand new A and K series of the ASUS VivoBook Ultra series of laptops. This series is made to be the “ultrabook” without the high price tax, yet able to be on par in terms of weight and specs.

ASUS launched the new VivoBook Ultra A412 and A512, together with the new K403.

Starting with the new VivoBook Ultra A412 and A512, they are both essentially the same but with different screen sizes. We also just reviewed the VivoBook Ultra A512 in-depth here.

VivoBook Ultra launch

These two laptops have a surprisingly small footprint. The A512 with a 15.6-inch screen felt like a 14-inch laptop thanks to its NanoEdge bezels. ASUS also included the ErgoLift hinge to make sure you are comfortable even after hours of typing on the laptop itself.

They’re also a little crazy this time around as they included a 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSD into the laptop itself. Then, they included a “HDD upgrade kit” for you if you ever want to slot in your own 2.5-inch storage disk in the future.

ASUS VivoBook Ultra A512 Coral Crush

Not only that, it is available in 4 different colors which are really bright and shiny. They are Transparent Silver, Peacock Blue, Slate Grey, and also Coral Crush. Personal favorite – Coral Crush all the way! ?

Here are the specs for both the ASUS VivoBook Ultra A412 and A512. The price of both the VivoBook Ultra A412 and A512 are at RM2,899:

VivoBook Ultra A412VivoBook Ultra A512
CPUIntel Core i5-8265UIntel Core i5-8265U
Display size14″
FHD (1920 x 1080)
FHD (1920 x 1080)
GraphicsDiscrete: NVIDIA GeForce MX 250Discrete: NVIDIA GeForce MX 250
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4 2400MHzUp to 16GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage optionsDual-Storage Design
Dual-Storage Design
Interface1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio combo jack
1x HDMI1.4
1x SD card reader
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio combo jack
1 x HDMI1.4
1 x SD card reader
Battery37Whr 2-cell lithium-polymer battery37Whr 2-cell lithium-polymer battery

Then comes the next – the VivoBook Ultra K403. It’s similar to the A412, but comes with a big twist. Instead of packing an NVIDIA GPU, ASUS decided to include double the battery capacity and make it even more power-efficient.

ASUS claims that the VivoBook Ultra K403 can last for up to 24 hours of continuous usage. That is mindblowing and I am really interested in how that thing actually works!

ASUS VivoBook Ultra K403 lifestyle

ASUS VivoBook Ultra 14 K403
CPU8th Gen Intel Core i3-8145U
8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U
Display size14″
FHD (1920 x 1080)
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 620
MemoryUp to 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x2
Interface1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x Audio combo jack
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x SD card reader
Battery72Wh lithium-polymer battery
Up to 24 hours usage

The brand new VivoBook Ultra K403 will be available for the price of RM2,699 for the Intel Core i3-8145U variant and RM3,399 for the Intel Core i5-8265U variant.


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