From: Justin @ Proportable
From: Justin @ Proportable
|OK, it's almost 3am, but just got off a 3 hour phone call with Asus' notebook product manager.... a lot of great things were talked about, for the time being, I want to focus on a couple quick things that are important to you guys.
1.) The next Z70 model:
--a. The next Z70 model will most likely be renamed the Z70va - the "a" is for x700 apparently.... but "v" is for dedicated graphics and both models will be sticking around for a while.... 128mb x700 is confirmed (will not be 64mb)
--b. NO DVI - That will be a 4th Quarter option on the next model.
--c. Bluetooth was ordered in the units, it's unconfirmed as to if it'll show up with it.
--d. Pricing will be closer to $200 more than the current model, $150 if bluetooth isn't installed.
--e. No optional bluetooth module for the current models... we tested and they are fine, and we have the initial units sold...... but Asus doesn't want to bring them in, they say it'll compete with this next model.... so that is dead for the time being
--f. ETA --- supposed to hit port early in the first week of August... when it clears, gets to Asus, gets off to dealers, get build, get to the customer..... that is unknown.... this should be able to be in customers hands, certainly, before the end of the month as long as everything goes as planned.
2.) Z81s - supposed 17" P4 / 256mb Nvidia 6800 go model:
--a. It's confirmed this model is true as far as video card and cpu but it's only a 15.4" - NOT 17"....... which explains why it wasn't the 17" I heard of and the chassis looked familiar but wouldn't be something they could use for 17".
--b. ETA Begining of August
3.) W1 refresh:
--a. Well it's official, it's not coming as an ensemble but we tossed around the idea of it coming in as a barebone and we're going to work with that..... the barebone would basically be the same thing, but we're looking into different lid and palmrest materials..... There has been a W1 that has gone around china for promotional purposes that was done up in carbon fiber.... done the way you'd see it on a car, where it's in a clear resin and you see the fabic weave. That honestly would need a polish every once and a while, but we're looking into how we can make that possible...... it'd be the coolest barebone in the world... I guarentee that.
I've got some other news, but I think I'll save that for tomorrow. Just wanted to pass that information along as it's of interest to many of you.
|Ok, well I said I had some more information last night that I wanted to present today. From today, we should have the W2's in our hands within a month. Bugs are still getting worked out with the TV tuner software, but I finally confirmed absolutely everything about the unit last night. With that, we feel there is finally enough confirmed information that we can start an advanced order and have these units in our hands within a months time.
Before I give the link, I think there are a couple notable confirmations that should be new to you.
1. Remote control is confirmed
2. Slot load is confirmed..... to do this they had to choose the 8x dual format instead of dual layer..... but slot load is so much cooler.
3. 2.13ghz (Pentium-M 770) is confirmed due to the price drop at the end of the month.
4. Final dimensions are on our page, but I wanted to note that the weight of "under 7.5 lbs" is just that.... with the extra weight of the slot load drive, the remote control, the tv tuner... this will be the weight we're all going to see..... if the unit used a tray load drive, no remote or tv tuner... it would be just about the 7.25 pounds that Asus is going to advertise it at.