Asus today unveiled a range of devices at the Zenvolution press event at Computex 2016 in Taipei. It unveiled the Zenfone 3 series, the ZenBook 3, Zenbo, the Transformer 3 series and some other products. The Zenfone 3 series includes Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe and Zenfone 3 Ultra. The Transformer series includes Transformer 3, Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer Mini.
Asus ZenBook 3
Asus has announced the ZenBook 3, an 11.9mm device that is thinner, lighter and more powerful. Asus credits the lighntess to a new “aerospace-grade aluminum alloy”. Asus claims the alloyis 50% stronger than the standard alloy used in laptops.
While launching the ZenBook 3, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih talked about how the ZenBook 3 is the best of both the Macbook and Mackbook Air. It is lighter and thinner than Macbook more powerful than the MacBook Air.
The ZenBook 3 comes with a 12.5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Asus successfully reduced the bezels and now it has a 82% screen-to-body ratio. The ZenBook 3 comes with a USB Type-C port and the speakers have been powered by Harman Kardon.
The ZenBook 3 comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support. Coming to the battery, the device comes with up to 9 hours of battery life. It comes with fast charge that can charge up to 60 percent in 49 minutes.
The ZenBook 3 will start at $999 for the base model with Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. ZenBook 3 with Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB of internal storage has been priced at $1,499. The premium ZenBook 3 comes with Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB solid state drive with a price tag of $1,999.
Asus also launched the Zenbo, a robot for home assistance and entertainment. Zenbo will provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families and will help each family member.
Zenbo has the ability to move independently which comes in handy as it can be called as it understand spoken commands and respond to it. Asus has claimed that interacting with Zenbo will be easy and fun.
While revealing ASUS Zenbo, Chairman Shih said, “For decades, humans have dreamed of owning such a companion: one that is smart, dear to our hearts, and always at our disposal. Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household.”
The Asus Zenbo is designed to help senior family members by safeguarding their health and entertaining them by connecting them to the internet. The Zenbo will inform users by speaking about the user’s reminders such as doctor’s appointments, medication and exercise schedules and anything else that the user wants.
Joining Mr. Shih on stage, Intel’s Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group, Navin Shenoy said, “For nearly thirty years, Intel and ASUS have been collaborating to bring some of the most innovative PCs and devices to market. We are excited to continue that collaboration on the new ZenBook and Transformer 3 family powered by Intel Core processors, and we look forward to working closely with ASUS on expanding beyond traditional clients into new, emerging markets like robotics.”
The Zenbo will also act as a guard by monitoring the house for emergency situations such as falls. It sends a notification to the specified family members and they can use Zenbo’s built-in camera to check on their loved one.
As for entertainment, Zenbo can stream movies and TV shows, make video calls and also help users in shopping. For kids, Zenbo can play songs and dance along with music. Zenbo comes with a built-in library of stories which it that he tells in a variety of entertaining voices, while displaying accompanying images on his screen.
Like other assistants, Zenbo can control various smart home and traditional devices, including lights, TVs, air conditioners, and more. The Zenbo has been priced at $599.