Asus announced today that it will debut the Zenbook Infinity Ultrabook with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 lid and keyboard deck at the upcoming Computex conference in Taiwan. With an outer shell constructed of glass and alluminum, this Ultrabook is 0.61 inches thin – 14 percent thinner than the previous generation of Zenbooks. The latest iteration of Gorilla Glass boasts a 40 percent reduction in the amount of visible scratches and a 40 percent improvement in retained strength in the event of a deep scratch, while maintaining the same strength and thinness as Gorilla Glass 2.
While not much is known about the specs, it’s a safe bet that it will run on Intel’s new Haswell chipset. If that is indeed that case, the Zenbook Infinity will feature a touchscreen, as that is one of Intel’s requirements as the company tries to build the Ultrabook brand. Slashgear speculates the Zenbook Infinity may feature a super high resolution display, possibly as high as 2880 x 1620. Asus has quietly added a display with this resolution as an option on some of its European notebook lines, so it’s a possibility that U.S. consumers may get extra pixels, too.
Asus isn’t the first company to offer a laptop clad in glass. That honor goes to the 2012 HP Envy Spectre 14, which features a Gorilla Glass lid, display, palmrest, and touchpad, but was thicker than the new Zenbook Infinity.
The Computex conference in Taipei, Taiwan, is just a few weeks away, so we’ll know more about this intriguing laptop soon. What do you think? Would you buy a notebook clad in glass?
[Image via ASUS YouTube channel]
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