Thanks to HID Evolution, we now have specifications, official images, and pricing for the first Asus G55-series 15.6″ gaming laptop model – the G55VW-DS71.
The configuration in question is available for pre-order and appears to be a lower-end one, with the entry-level quad-core i7-3610QM Ivy Bridge processor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 video card, and a $1,475 price tag. According to the page, the G55VW will be offered with faster processors in the future, but there’s no info on availability of better video cards. Included RAM is 12GB DDR3 1333MHz, expandable to 16GB, while for data storage there are two drive bays which can be populated with various hard drive, hybrid drive, and solid state drive options. The price of the laptop includes a single 750GB 7,200rpm HDD and a DVD burner, with Blu-ray optionally available.
The 15.6″ screen is full HD, with glossy or anti-glare coating. The anti-glare screen has a 95% NTSC color gamut and this option adds $125 to the overall notebook price.
Regarding audio, the notebook has a built-in subwoofer and is TNX TruStudio certified. The G55VW has a 2-megapixel webcam, three USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0 port, the new Thunderbolt port, HDMI, and Bluetooth.
The system weighs 3.85kg with an 8-cell battery included.
The G55 looks like pretty much the same as its larger sibling, the G75. Judging from the images, the biggest difference are different fan holes on rear side of the notebook.
You can check out full specs on HID Evolution. According to the e-tailer, the laptop will arrive on the market by the end of this month.