In time for back-to-school season, ASUS has announced its new ultra-low-cost PC (ULCPC aka netbook) aimed at students and consumers with a tight budget. The VivoBook W202NA rugged laptop is powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake platform, has an 11.6” display, weighs around 1.2 kilograms (2.65 lb) and has a 38 Wh battery that is quoted for up to 11 hours. The machine will be available with Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 S operating systems, both will cost less than $300.

The ASUS VivoBook W202-series laptop will exist in three different versions based on Microsoft’s Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro operating systems, featuring different hardware and aimed at slightly different end-users. The Windows 10 S/10 Home notebooks are based on Intel’s dual-core Celeron N3350 SoC, are equipped with 4 GB of DRAM and are targeted at children, students and consumers. By contrast, the Windows 10 Pro-based ASUS W202 uses Intel’s quad-core Pentium N4200, has up to 8 GB of memory, up to 128 GB of eMMC storage and is designed for more demanding consumers (do not expect this SKU to be available in all regions).

Other specifications of the ASUS VivoBook W202 notebook seem to be comparable to other entry-level contemporary PCs: it features an 11.6” display with a 1366×768 resolution, an anti-glare coating and a 180-degree hinge. As for connectivity, the laptop has a 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.1 module, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, a VGA webcam, a microSDXC card reader, a TRRS audio connector, a microphone array, two 2W speakers and so on.

ASUS W202NA ULCPC Specifications
  Windows 10 S
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Display 11.6" panel with 1366×768 resolution and anti-glare coating
CPU Celeron N3350
1.1 – 2.4 GHz
2 MB cache
Intel Pentium N4200
1.1 - 2.5 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 500 with 12 EUs Intel HD Graphics  505 with 12 EUs
RAM 4 GB 4 or 8 GB
Storage 64 GB eMMC 64 or 128 GB eMMC
Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
Ethernet -
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
Keyboard Chiclet spill-resistant keyboard
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, 0.3 MP webcam, microSDXC card reader
Dimensions Width: 294 mm/11.57"
Depth: 200 mm/7.87"
Thickness: 22.6 mm/0.89"
Weight 1.2 kilograms / 2. 65 pounds
Battery 2-cell 38 Wh battery, 11 hours battery life
Price $279.99 $299.99 unknown

One of the key selling features of the ASUS VivoBook W202 is its ruggedized design. The laptop has rubber-lined edges and corners to protect internals against bumps and knocks. In addition, the notebook features an anti-spill keyboard. According to ASUS, the VivoBook W202 has survived a drop test from a height of 119 cm (3.9 feet) as well as passed extreme twist force and high-pressure test.

The ASUS VivoBook W202NA-YS02 convertible laptop featuring Windows 10 S is available immediately in North America for $279. The ASUS VivoBook W202NA-DH02 powered by Windows 10 Home will ship next month for $299. The Pentium- and Windows 10 Pro-based VivoBook W202 system will naturally cost slightly more, but such systems may not be available in all regions.

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Source: ASUS

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  • KaarlisK - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    Where is it stated that HD 505 has 12 EUs?
  • hyno111 - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    Should be 18 according to the ark page linked.

    The eMMC seems to be the bottleneck here (again). Unless Asus decide to throttle the cpu as much as possible..
  • jabber - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    I'd rather have a Chromebook than this thing. I bet it will still take 10 minutes to run updates between reboots.
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    The specs of these lower cost laptops are finally reaching a point where the system won't start complaining about a lack of free hard drive space after running Windows Update. It's nice to see 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at the bottom end for a reasonable price. It looks like there's no cooling fan too with is something I prefer in a light duty laptop. Prices on the Win Pro version depending, buying one for travel seems like a no-brainer over lugging along a larger and more expensive least where a phone isn't quiet enough for the task.
  • BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    No edit... :( " too WHICH is something..." & "...a phone isn't QUITE enough..." Ugh, I even read it twice before submitting.
  • Hurr Durr - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    I would readily get one for work if it had a physical Ethernet.
  • rmm584 - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    1366×768 in 2017, just let it die!
  • Hurr Durr - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    Current year™ has absolutely nothing to do with it.
  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    It is fine on an eleven inch display.

    Anyway, the lineup and hardware seems decent at first glance but the the truth is the quad core with 8GB is supposed to be the one with Windows Home at $300. Lenovo can release 14-15 inch laptops with i3 or Core CPU at this price.
  • PixyMisa - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - link

    On an 11" screen, that's acceptable.

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