ASUS U30S appears overseas with Sandy Bridge and NVIDIA GT520M graphics

You know who has been relatively quiet on the Sandy Bridge front? ASUS. Sure, it's released some new gaming rigs with fresh Core i7 CPUs, but we haven't really heard a peep out of the company when it comes to its mainstream U or UL series laptops. Well, that should all be changing soon as the guys over at NetbookLive got their hands on a U30S, which packs a Sandy Bridge Core i5-2410M processor, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA's 520M graphics with Optimus, and a eight-cell 84Wh battery. Yep, it's one nicely spec'd machine, and according to the benchmarks it not only runs quite fast but it also lasts over five hours on a charge. The only thing the reviewer seems to take issue with is the size and weight of the 1.3-inch / 4.2-pound machine, and we really don't blame him -- it looks identical to the U30Jc we reviewed exactly a year ago. All that said, we're betting this thing has a sweet price tag attached to it when it finally gets an official unveil -- until then, hit the source link for a glimpse at what's coming.