Asustek continues to innovate around the low-power ultraportable format, with the new 1.25kg, battery-friendly U2E laptop set to launch in Taiwan next week, the company has revealed.

The new laptop, wrapped in either black or brown leather, is built for power-savings with a light emitting diode (LED) backlight behind its 11in LCD panel and a 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) instead of a hard-disk drive (HDD).

LED backlights use about 10-15 percent less power than the cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlights that are currently used in most laptop PCs. SSDs save power as well, because unlike HDDs, they do not contain any moving parts.

Asus, developer of the Eee PC, isn't disclosing pricing details until the launch ceremony next week, nor which markets will be first for the device. Normally, Asustek products hit Asia and Europe first.