ASUS has launched its 15.6-inch touch-enabled Ultrabook, dubbed the VivoBook S551, powered by the power-efficient Nvidia GT 740M graphics processing unit and Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell based Core processor.

ASUS VivoBook S551 ASUS launches the VivoBook S551, a touch enabled 15.6 inch Ultrabook

ASUS has launched its newest Ultrabook, adding a new 15.6-inch touch-enabled notebook to their growing profile, the VivoBook S551. Powered by the latest Intel 4th Generation Haswell Core microprocessor that gives enough juice to power through every CPU related application, this Ultrabook doesn’t compromise when it comes to graphics either, with a mobile Nvidia GT 740M balancing well between power, performance and a low heat dissipation (necessary for thin Ultrabooks).

We don’t quite get what ASUS is playing at, adding a discrete GPU to a 15.6-inch large display with a paltry resolution of 1366 x 768 (at a age when 5-inch smartphones pack a 1080p display) when the Intel HD 4k IGP should be more than enough for most tasks.

The VivoBook S551 comes with Windows 8, a touch-driven OS, whose potential can be fully realised by the users thanks to the touch-enabled display on this Ultrabook. Thanks to the new 22nm microprocessor, a power-efficient 28nm GPU and ASUS power management features, this 22.5mm thick, 2.4 KG weight device can easily last 6 hours of average usage that includes Office, browsing, etc.

No further word on pricing and availability as of yet, but we fully the Ultrabook to be available very soon and for an attractive, perhaps sub-$999 price tag.

via TPU