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COMPUTEX 2016: ASUS launches the ZenBook 3, Transformer 3, and Transformer 3 Pro

By Peter Chu - on 30 May 2016, 10:42pm

COMPUTEX 2016: ASUS launches the ZenBook 3, Transformer 3, and Transformer 3 Pro

It’s COMPUTEX season once again folks, and ASUS is kicking things off with the unveiling of the ZenBook 3, Transformer 3, and Transformer 3 Pro.

ASUS ZenBook 3

The 11.9mm-thin ZenBook 3, which weighs just 910g, is available in two variants: one that's powered by an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, and the other that’s running on an Intel Core i5-6200U processor. Apart from the difference in processing power, both variants will sport the same 12.5-inch, 16:9 Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display, 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, up to 1TB of PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD storage, and quad-speakers that have been developed by Harman Kardon.

Helping to further accentuate the luxurious design of the ZenBook 3 is its full-sized backlit keyboard, which not only has a generous key pitch (the horizontal space between keys) of 19.8mm, but also 0.8mm of key travel to provide a comfortable typing experience.

But with great thinness comes minimal connectivity ports – you’ll only get one USB Type-C port on the ZenBook 3, and nothing else.

The ZenBook 3 has a battery life of up to nine hours (which can be fast charged up to 60 percent capacity in 49 minutes) and will be available in three colors: Royal Blue, Rose Gold, and Quartz Grey.

Its base variant (which has an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage) will be priced at US$999 (~RM4,111) while the top-of-the-line variant (which has an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD) will be going for US$1,999 (~RM8,227).

ASUS Transformer 3

Next up, the 6.9mm-thin ASUS Transformer 3, a convertible 2-in-1 notebook that sports a 12.6-inch, 3K (2,880 x 1,920) wide-angle display, the latest 7th generation Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ processors, up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage. Like the ZenBook 3, the Transformer 3 also has quad-speakers that have been tinkered by Harman Kardon. It even has a 13MP rear camera for all your photo and video needs.

Of course, the Transformer 3 wouldn’t be a convertible notebook if it didn’t come with its own keyboard dock, especially one that has 1.4mm of key travel, a glass-covered touchpad, and an integrated two-position kickstand, to be specific.

As with the ZenBook 3, the Transformer 3 is likewise only packed with a single USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity port, but one that supports Thunderbolt 3.

Interested? Then, you should know that the Transformer 3 will be retailing from US$799 (~RM3,288) onwards.

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro

And finally, we have the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, which shares the same 12.6-inch, 3K (2,880 x 1,920) wide-angle display as the Transformer 3, but with the leeway to be equipped with 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe x4 Gen3 SSD storage. Strangely enough, the Transformer 3 Pro will be powered by 6th (and not 7th) generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

Rounding off the features of the Transformer 3 Pro are its dual stereo Harman Kardon speakers, 13MP rear camera, and integrated variable angle metal kickstand, which can prop up the Transformer 3 Pro at any viewing angle up to 170 degrees.

On top of a USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3-compatible) port, the Transformer 3 Pro also has an HDMI port, an USB 3.0 port, and a microSD card slot. The Transformer 3 Pro will have a starting price of US$999 (~RM4,111).

ASUS has also announced a couple of different accessories to go with the two Transformer 3 models.

There's an external graphics card dock called the ROG XG Station 2 that can accommodate a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU (and also the latest AMD Radeon GPUs), a stylus that can register more than 1,024 different levels of pressure called the ASUS Pen, a speaker that's able to deliver 360-degree virtual 5.1 channel surround sound dubbed the ASUS Audio Pod, and lastly, a connectivity port expansion hub that will furnish both the Transformer 3 devices with additional USB Type-C 3.1, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, and RJ45 LAN ports, and a 3-in-1 SD card reader.

We’ve yet to receive word on when the ZenBook 3, Transformer 3, and Transformer 3 Pro will be arriving on our shores.

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